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Blog entry by jeremyslat posted 02-03-2011 03:37 AM 3764 reads 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello fellow woodworkers,

I was messing around in the woodshop with my BIG BOSCH ROUTER and just thinking about how useful it can be. It’s amazing to me how you can put just about any edge on a piece of wood and give that nice or unique look. It’s that uniqueness people are looking for in a project no matter what type it is. I’ve read many books and articles on routing but haven’t yet tried everything there is to accomplish with a router. I’m learning slowly but surely. I am thinking of something unique for my sign making that might stand out to a demanding market. I know that signs say a lot about a company and also add a warm welcome to someone’s house. I recommend “Sign Carving With Your Router” (dvd) for anyone who wants to learn how to make signs. Jim Bartz is a really good teacher on this subject with plenty of experience and lots of practical tips for the beginner or amateur. I wrote this little article because I have a passion to become a full time signmaker one day and to run a business that focuses on what customers want. I want to stick to free hand routing and and yet be creative with what I have. I know I will not be able to make extremely detailed signs like a cnc router but thats o.k. because people like to have a traditional homemade look also.I hope you enjoyed reading this and I would like to see some comments on this suject or whatever else you might want to add. I also like reading forums on this site, as it is filled with useful information. Happy woodworking!!


-- Jeremy, Gary,Indiana

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#1 posted 02-03-2011 04:46 AM

good luck on the business idea. I have not tried any sign making with my router. I pretty much use it in my router table to cut nice edges on my projects and to make raised panels for cabinetry. When you get some good signs made, make sure you post them to LJ. If you have good techniques, share them in picture form.

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#2 posted 02-03-2011 06:47 AM

Jeremy, good luck with your venture and I will keep an eye out on your posts. I guess the only thing I would recommend is understanding your market and being able to accommodate those that are seeking a more artistic, hand made look, and those that want a little stiff, professional polish. Homeowners and small businesses that focus on crafts, recycled items, flea markets, and antiques would probably appreciate the look of a more freehand design. Attorneys, Doctor offices, Banks, etc. might prefer a more polished, sanitized look. While you may not find as much artistic satisfaction in using templates and guide bushings for the professional offices, they might go a long ways towards helping you finance your more artistic creations.

Just a thought,


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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