How do I make raised letters & numbers…
This is a question for Bob and Rick…
I want to make some signs and want to raise my letters instead of sinking them in the wood. Do you have a video that explains this process. I have all the letters and numbers, etc. I purchased a letter and number set, which are OK but now I would like to raise the letters and numbers. Any thoughts on this matter.
Sorry no video but this is a simple pattern problem. How about buying regular house numbers. Here is a link to some samples explaining regular house numbers.
Things you will need:
Sign material, house numbers in desired font, border sticks, double-stick tape, sub-base for the router and the required guide bushings.
Step 1: Using the desired material for the sign you need to mount your raised letters on the sign material attaching the numbers with either nails or double-stick tape.
Step 2: Measure the thickness of the letters and the sign. With this information cut pieces of material to the width of the combined thickness. These are the support pieces that are fastened around the outside edges of the sign material.
Step 3: Using a guide busing and sub-base to rout around the house numbered patterns. Cut the material around the house number then remove all the outside material up to the support pieces around the sign. That’s it you will then have raised numbers instead of sunken in numbers.
Router Tip about guides and patterns:
You can change the size of the house numbers and border around the sign by changing the diameter of the guide bushing.
Guide and router bit combination example:
1/4 inch bit in a 1/2″ guide will make the sign numbers 1/4 bigger that the original pattern. If you want a border around your sign larger than 1/4″ increase the guide diameter to a larger size for routing the outside border.
Please note comments about the sign border:
If you don’t want a border around the edges you need to make the sign larger and once finished cut off the routed border. The router bit can only get as close to the outside edge as the room left between the guide and router bit.