I make a lot of hand painted signs, but now and then I do a routed sign. They take much longer to complete, but they are just as creative and fun.
Someone who saw me at a craft show contacted me to make her a routed sign, so I photographed the process.
The finished sign looks like this:
Now I'll explain how the process goes
Valerie wanted a basic sign to hang outside that was 18" long. I chose cedar because of it's ability to last outdoors and I cut a piece of 1" thick cedar from a deck board. I left it a few inches longer than the finished sign would be to allow me to have extra room for routing (you'll see this later)
I chose to use a basic, straight font without serifs. This font is Calibri and I blew up the size on my computer so that the letters would fit on the 18" board and then printed it out on my printer.
I taped the paper together, taped it onto the board and put carbon paper under the letters:
Then I traced the outline of the letters with a pencil and the carbon paper transfers that onto the wood quite clearly:
Here are all the letters finished and ready for routing:
For routing, the board has to remain solidly in place otherwise the torque of the router can move the wood. Often I clamp down the wood to a worktable but usually the clamps are in the way of the router and have to be moved. This time I screwed a scrap piece of wood to the bottom of the sign. The screws are in the waste area at each end of the sign (remember I left it long for this reason) and the sign will be trimmed after the routing is finished, removing the screw holes.
After turning the side right side up, I put it on my
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