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Forum topic by Redford1947 posted 01-09-2011 11:17 PM 2090 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-09-2011 11:17 PM

I would like to cut out individual letters from stock (1x by) to attach to a toy chest. Most of the instructions and/or templates I have seen only deal with making a sign as opposed to individual letters. I would like to somehow purchase a jig for this. The plans I have for the box come with large letter diagram that can be traced onto wood which would then be cut out with the router. I am looking for something more user friendly that i can use my plunge router and simply “stay in the lines”. Any suggestions?


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#1 posted 01-10-2011 12:33 AM

IMO – It would be very challenging to make letters with a router. I did it once with a scroll saw. That was okay but still short of perfection. (I’m not a scroller)

More recently I needed some cut out letters for a project. After considering several options, I bought pre-made walnut letters. They are available in lots of sizes and styles and woods and they don’t cost very much.

I don’t recall where I got them (other than I know I got them via the internet). If interested, just google.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 01-10-2011 01:17 AM

I have made name puzzles for each of the grandkids where I cut out block letters, traced them onto another block of wood and routed out a recess for the letters to fit in. Aside from chewing on them, when they get older they like to spell out their names.

What I did was use the computer to pick a block type font that would be easy to cut out. Scale up the letters to the size I wanted and printed them out on the printer. Then you cut them out with a razor or trace them onto your stock. Go to the scroll saw or band saw and have at it. There is some cleanup of the saw lines depending on how well you cut.

-- Mike.... West Virginia. "Man is a tool using animal. Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.". T Carlyle

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#3 posted 01-14-2011 01:12 AM

If you have a Michaels or Hobby Lobby near you, they will likely have letters already cut out. Also check the craft section of WalMart.

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#4 posted 01-14-2011 04:34 AM

I’d say get a scrollsaw. Even a cheap one will do what you want.

-- Theresa,

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