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06-02-2009 08:27 PM

Topic tags/keywords: jig router carving shaping

I wanted to make same alphabet blocks for my daughter. I’ve seen some on LJ that are just blocks with stamped letters. I want to make some with the letters and numbers raised. They will also have a raised boarder. Any ideas will be helpful (wood types, jigs and anything else you can think of).

THANKS,

Tom

-- I didn't go to college, I was too busy learning stuff - Ted Nugent


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#1 posted 06-02-2009 08:36 PM

Hi Tomakazi

I have made blocks before but i sort of cheated all i used was 4”x4” softwood timber and i routered the letters in one side and numbers the other so as for raised letters you could draw the letter and boarder and introduce yourself to carving lol thats all i got hope it helps

Andy

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#2 posted 06-02-2009 08:45 PM

I made some for my niece once. I had a 2×2 (i think) cut it to a size I thought that she could handle and used stencils to lay out the letters and then wood burned them in

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#3 posted 06-02-2009 08:45 PM

Thanks Andy

I wanted to keep them around 2”. I also wanted to make them with 1 letter per block and enough to spell her name TARISSA CONILEE RICHARDSON. All that times 4 is a lot of carving. I have some high end carving tools that i picked up at a pawn shop, about $600 worth for under $100. this was about 3 years ago and I haven’t made time for them yet.

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#4 posted 06-02-2009 08:49 PM

Thanks Rustic I didn’t think of that. I want to keep the natural wood color.

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#5 posted 06-02-2009 09:05 PM

Dave thats not so stupid as it sounds as for the laser machine they would be mighty expensive alphabet blocks
lol…....

Andy

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#6 posted 06-02-2009 09:06 PM

Thanks DaveR

I haven’t thought about either one of those ideas. Laser is quite an expence for some building blocks. I’ve never sand blasted wood before.

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#7 posted 06-02-2009 10:34 PM

I used a sand blaster on granite before. I cut patterns out of rubber then applied with rubber cement. that worked great. I have also been doing a lot of glass work the past few years, I would like to get a sand blaster that’ll work for etching.

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#8 posted 06-02-2009 10:37 PM

If you can find someone who has taped all of the New Yankee Workshop episodes, in season 6 Norm made an alphabet wagon. He made the type of blocks you are looking for. I searched the NYW web site but for some odd reason, that project is not listed.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#9 posted 06-02-2009 10:45 PM

Thanks lew

I’ll check that out. if I can’t find it I’ll e-mail and ask.

-- I didn't go to college, I was too busy learning stuff - Ted Nugent

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#10 posted 06-02-2009 11:30 PM

Maybe you could find someone with a Compucarve to put the letters and numbers in a long blank, then separate the blocks with the miter saw?

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