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10-12-2017 02:08 AM

Have a customer who wants initials in a cigar box top. The only thing I can think of is print or reverse print onto paper, adhere to the top then routing that way then sanding. I’ve used that to transfer print to wood but never tried routing them. But these letters need to be exact and precise. Any other ideas?

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#1 posted 10-12-2017 02:17 AM

It’s doable but a pain

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#2 posted 10-12-2017 02:30 AM

How? I’ve seen stuff like this but am trying not to spend any money on stuff I’ll rarely use.

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#3 posted 10-12-2017 02:37 AM

Use a laser to outline and then carve from there.OR just laser the whole thing.

M

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#4 posted 10-12-2017 02:41 AM

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#5 posted 10-12-2017 02:43 AM


Use a laser to outline and then carve from there.OR just laser the whole thing.

M

- Madmark2

Ok, but I don’t have a laser either and don’t want to buy one for 3 letters in a box top.

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#6 posted 10-12-2017 02:51 AM

How big are the letters you need to make? If they aren’t tiny, you could make a template out of hardboard or ply and use a guide bushing.

Cheers,
Brad

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#7 posted 10-12-2017 02:57 AM

Probably 1-2” tall. But how would I make a template of precise exacting letters? Trying to make it look really professional. Going to be in a really nice office on a really nice desk,

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#8 posted 10-12-2017 03:01 AM

Find a place that’ll laser it. Make a template and use a router with bushing. Freehand with a router is a pain.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#9 posted 10-12-2017 03:04 AM

Find someone with a CNC machine and have him cut them for you. If you want to spend a little bit of money then get the Milescraft 1298 Pantograph. http://www.milescraft.com/product/pantograph/ and do it yourself.

-- Earl

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#10 posted 10-12-2017 03:10 AM



Find someone with a CNC machine and have him cut them for you.
- retfr8flyr

Yeah. That’s probably the way to go. I can just charge for the CNC work or have him take it directly to whoever can do it.

Thanks all.

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#11 posted 10-12-2017 03:42 AM

Just my personal opinion, laser would look nicer the routed.

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#12 posted 10-12-2017 04:05 AM

Actually you are right. He said engraved. Laser would look nicer I think. Routered would look more rustic/farm style. I’ll show him the difference.

Thanks

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#13 posted 10-12-2017 03:56 PM

It’s a simple thing to do with marquetry if you have a scroll saw. Look up “double bevel cutting” or “double bevel marquetry”.
I cut with a chevalet but the process is the same.

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#14 posted 10-12-2017 04:39 PM

Most trophy shops would be able to engrave a board for you.

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#15 posted 10-12-2017 04:46 PM


Most trophy shops would be able to engrave a board for you.

- DS


Most trophy shops would be able to engrave a board for you.

- DS


Been there and did that, didn’t look very good to me. When I first picked it I said next time even if it cost more (and it does) I’ll have it lasered.

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