First Routed Sign

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Project by paulcanbuildthat posted 07-08-2013 11:35 PM 988 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a sign I did for my sister’s house. It was the first routed sign I’ve made.

For the details, you can see my website here.

Briefly, I created the sign in Sketchup and printed it out “full size”. I taped carbon paper to the back of the pages and taped them to the sign blank I made. I then traced it with a pencil. Once that was done, I used a small trim router with a 1/8” bit to cut out the letter outlines. Then I used my full size router with a 1/4” bit to remove the waste (it went quicker with two routers as I did one letter at a time). Afterwards, I used a chisel and sandpaper to clean up the letters and then sanded and painted the sign front again. Finally, I used a walnut stain and poly for the final product.

The pictures show the final sign, the paper printout, and the “Villa” portion after routing and after cleanup. You’ll probably need to look at the full-size pics to see the different in those two.


-- Paul, amateur woodworker,

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#1 posted 07-13-2013 03:18 AM

Did you free hand the routers? That looks great, I don’t think I’d have anywhere near that much control.

-- Mike, Western New York

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#2 posted 04-20-2017 10:53 AM

This is such a beautiful sign and is so nicely done. I love the beautiful font and the overall quality of the sign and the nice details and craftsmanship. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks. May you always be happy in your work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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