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Forum topic by ghazard posted 10-11-2010 07:39 PM 991 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-11-2010 07:39 PM

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I am beginning a project that will need lettering…maybe 5 to 6in high. Without making them on my own, which I have neither the tools or experience to pull off in the time frame I am trying to stick to, is there a source that sells nice solid hardwood lettering? An internet search pulls up a number of options but I don’t want plywood or pine…preferably Oak.

Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance.


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#1 posted 10-11-2010 08:04 PM

Shopguryl, Just checked that out. They sure look nice. Whew…pricy though…$118 per letter for 6” high by 1” thick out of cherry, oak or maple. Does that sound right to anyone?

If that is the going rate for hardwood letters…Plywood, hear I come! ;)

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#2 posted 10-11-2010 08:49 PM

You know…I was just thinking. it might be pretty simple to find some cheap, thin letters somewhere and then copy them with a flush trim router bit out of the wood that I want. With a little clean up of inside corners and such…it might not be too difficult or time consuming.

All this time I was stuck on not having the right jig or the skill to freehand letters or the other ways I’ve seen to carve letters.

I’m still interested in any sources for pre-made letters if anyone still has suggestions.



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#3 posted 10-11-2010 11:04 PM

Solid thick letters are tough because they typically have some shape that leads to thin stretches of wood with the grain in the wrong direction, so they are prone to breaking. That’s why plywood is usually preferred.

If you did go the route of pattern routing them, you may find it helpful to glue two thinner sections of solid wood together with the grain at right angles to each other. Otherwise I think you may suffer a lot of breakage during the routing …. Although it depends on what letters you have to make.

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#4 posted 10-12-2010 02:59 AM

Greetings ghazard,

Check out a hardware store like TrueValue, or Ace, or something in your area….Usually where they sell mailboxes and house numbers, they also sell house letters…about any size, and might be a little cheaper.
You didn’t say how many you need, so if it’s not too many they might can cover you…....they usually carry several of each letter….. good luck in your quest…...

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