Routing signs - help needed

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Forum topic by Sorethumbs posted 04-18-2012 02:58 PM 1031 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-18-2012 02:58 PM

I’ve been routing some signs. I’ve never done this before but I’m kind of enjoying it. I use the word processor on the computer to make the letters, print it, then put the paper on a rough cut cedar board and freehand route through the paper with a box core bit to make the sign, so far so good.

The problem I’m having is the next step. I’ve been using some 3M adhesive spray to adhere the paper to the board. It’s make for adhearing paper based corner-bead to drywall corners and it works good, too good. It’s hard to remove and gums up sandpaper quickly. I need a different product/method for this and I’m wondering what other people have used for this situation. I want something that holds the paper solidly for routing, but that will remove easlily afterword and not gum sandpaper. Anyone?

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#1 posted 04-18-2012 03:14 PM

I use a product called Stencil Ease. It is repositionable. Bought it at Hobby Lobby. Made in Canada by K-G Packaging in Vaughn, Ontario.


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#2 posted 04-18-2012 03:54 PM

I use tracing paper and trace the letters and design onto the board. Much easier for me to then route or carve the sign. Once I get everything traced on the board then I remove the stencil and it’s good to go again on another order. If it’s a dark wood such as Mahogany then sometimes I’ll take white chalk and outline the letters once I get the tracing done. This also let’s me see how the grain is running in the board so i can make adjustments to keep tear out down.

If you’re going to keep making signs I would suggest you get you a copy of CorelDraw 9 or above off Ebay and use it to lay out your designs. Here’s a screenshot of a sign I’m designing for a friend using CorelDraw9. This sign will be 24” x 48” handcarved out of Cypress. All I like finishing the design is putting the name of his business on the oval and plotting him a full size drawing of it. It will be handcarved in relief.

If you notice I just outlined the letters..uses a whole lot less ink than printing solid letters.

-- Bruce Free Plans

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