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04-13-2007 04:05 PM

Although I am new to woodworking and I`m sure my skill will show it – I think I`ve come up with a good idea. I wanted to make a simple project for my granchildren to have as keepsakes. I decided to make the nameplates for their desks,etc. While unsuccesfully searching for the proper stencils -it occured to me to use my computer to create them. I typed the names on my word program and was then able to select from hundreds of font styles. After selecting the style I liked I was then able to enlarge them to the proper size. I then printed the sheet and glued it to a piece of pine. I now had a pattern I could use with my scrollsaw to cut the name. This idea worked out really great for me as evidenced by the included pictures.

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#1 posted 04-13-2007 04:11 PM

Very nice herbr!

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#2 posted 04-13-2007 04:21 PM

This is wonderful!!
Brilliant plan and they turned out so well. Your grandchildren will love them forever!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#3 posted 04-13-2007 08:09 PM

I have had pretty good luck with MS Word and my DW788. The Old English script font is on some computer I can’t find anymore. The company name plate is cocobola finished in tung oil. The name plate is unfinished walnut. The tough part is deciding how much to leave as a base.

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#4 posted 04-13-2007 08:32 PM

Great idea Herbr. I’ve sold a lot of desk names etc. I also made puzzles out of names with the letters interlocking

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#5 posted 04-13-2007 08:33 PM

I see what you mean re: the base … there’s probably some mathematical formula some where that depicts the perfect balance.
We have some graphic artists in here – I’m sure that they will help us out with that.

Love your “signature” by the way—fingers are fingers but not being able to stroke a loved one’s hair or hold their hand really is a great loss.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#6 posted 04-14-2007 07:34 AM

Thanks for sharing your idea.

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#7 posted 04-15-2007 09:52 PM

Very nice, I’m sure they loved your gifts.


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