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DIYWaterDog

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03-27-2017 02:59 PM

Topic tags/keywords: router carving wood sign

Hello All,

Just found this site and excited to be part of the community.

Just bought a Bosch Colt Palm/Finish Router!!

I am a complete newbie to woodworking. Overall, just one of those people that always exploring new things to do in the shop/garage. Have not used a router since Jr. High shop class 35 years ago.

Want to start by making some simple signs and “carving” designs.

Looking for any tips or “tricks of the trade”, before I start making dust. I have been exploring a variety of Tube videos.

Looking forward to what you have to share.

DIY Water Dog.

-- Why pay somebody when you can DIY?!?


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Rrrandy

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#1 posted 03-27-2017 05:42 PM

Welcome to the site. It’s a great place. YouTube has a few videos on sign making with the the Colt.

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DIYWaterDog

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#2 posted 03-29-2017 02:25 AM

Thanks. Have watched a few. As a matter of fact… enough to sell me on the Colt

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#3 posted 03-29-2017 02:46 AM

Hi DIY Welcome to Ljs
I’m a bit of a router nut I have 40 of them, I would recommend Dewalt’s compact router it has more power than most trim routers and if bought as a set you get a plunge router base with it too. Good luck with whatever router you get.

https://www.amazon.com/DEWALT-DWP611PK-Torque-Variable-Compact/dp/B0049ZFUK2/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1490755494&sr=8-2&keywords=dewalt+dwp611+router

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#4 posted 03-29-2017 02:51 AM

Can the Colt take a guide bushing set so you can use templates? If so, you will get better results using templates than you will freehand – at least for me. You can make them out of cheap hardboard, and once you have made it, it can be used over and over again. Here is some detail of a house sign I made that used two templates (negative template for the oval, positive template for the fish) and freehanded between the hard edges to give it a hand carved look:

Inside detail on the fish itself was done using a dremel. For one-off stuff (house numbers, names, etc…), I’ll print out a pattern on the printer and glue it on the sign, usually after cutting out each individual number/letter – then freehand around them up to the edges. Outside perimeter gets a rectangular hardboard pattern to keep crisp/straight lines. Everything else in between gets hogged out freehand:

Lots of different methods… the above are just a few.

Cheers,
Brad

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jbay

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#5 posted 03-29-2017 02:53 AM



Hi DIY Welcome to Ljs
I m a bit of a router nut I have 40 of them, I would recommend Dewalt s compact router it has more power than most trim routers and if bought as a set you get a plunge router base with it too. Good luck with whatever router you get.

https://www.amazon.com/DEWALT-DWP611PK-Torque-Variable-Compact/dp/B0049ZFUK2/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1490755494&sr=8-2&keywords=dewalt+dwp611+router

- a1Jim

”Just bought a Bosch Colt Palm/Finish Router!!”

Too late, but I like the Dewalt also.

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a1Jim

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#6 posted 03-29-2017 02:58 AM

I’m sure you’ll make great things with whatever router you use “J”

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jbay

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#7 posted 03-29-2017 03:03 AM



I m sure you ll make great things with whatever router you use “J”

- a1Jim

Not me! But thanks, DIYWaterDog already bought the Colt

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DIYWaterDog

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#8 posted 03-29-2017 02:07 PM



Can the Colt take a guide bushing set so you can use templates? If so, you will get better results using templates than you will freehand – at least for me. You can make them out of cheap hardboard, and once you have made it, it can be used over and over again. Here is some detail of a house sign I made that used two templates (negative template for the oval, positive template for the fish) and freehanded between the hard edges to give it a hand carved look:

Inside detail on the fish itself was done using a dremel. For one-off stuff (house numbers, names, etc…), I ll print out a pattern on the printer and glue it on the sign, usually after cutting out each individual number/letter – then freehand around them up to the edges. Outside perimeter gets a rectangular hardboard pattern to keep crisp/straight lines. Everything else in between gets hogged out freehand:

Lots of different methods… the above are just a few.

Cheers,
Brad

- MrUnix

Brad,

Not sure about the “guide bushing” you mention. Sounds like it would be very helpful. Have been trying to find more information to answer your question. Maybe someone with the Colt and experience can answer. Anyone know?

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#9 posted 03-29-2017 07:56 PM

I have the Bosch Colt router, and also have the plunge base for it. And best of all, the plunge base accepts that great template guide setup that Bosch offers.

The OP will want a variety of bits for sign making. Luckily, they aren’t expensive.

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