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Hello fans !! Sorry its been awhile since my last blog. When ever I think i have a chance to sit , turns out i need to build. 🙂
A couple months ago i got a Router Pantograph http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?cat=1,42936,50298&p=67457
from Lee Valley. No affiliate link here yet.
Anyhow I just had some time between projects and building garden benches and stuff for our local flee market. Trying to spread the word 🙂
After some time to set it up on a separate board which i recommend and its also recommended in the instructions with all the measurements you will need .
Follow the instructions for mounting the router onto the new base. You’ll have to take off your stock one, but keep it and all your parts. It took a little effort to align the router and the new base but it worked.
I decided to give it a try. So with a scrap piece of wood i decided to use the included letters, and router our address.
This way if it messes up no big deal. I highly recommend that you also do a few test projects.
The crazy thing is after i posted my first try on my FB page someone liked it so much that they wanted a sign!!!
She wanted a sign for EGGS 🙂 After finding the font that my client liked i used my word-processor to print out the letters i would need.
- Tip : I followed the instructions included and enlarged the font size to 700, and added a the underline for spacing on the Pantograph.
You have to set the height for the wood you are going to be using.
Find your start and stop points
And make sure there is plenty of room on your work piece for your router. You don’t want to be going off the edge of the work piece.
Here you can see the first letter (E) for EGGS. The underline showing the start and stop point. And the router setup and ready to go. Once your set all you have to do is carve out each letter following the outline on your template, and you should have no problem.
ALWAYS WATCH YOUR ROUTER!!
Then when your done. A little painting the letters. A little sanding the surface and a little chalk paint for the white wash effect and your done !!
This whole process took a little over two hours. But setup was already done for the wood i wanted, so it didn’t take too long.
Here is the picture my HAPPY client took of her new sign 🙂 And once again I’ve done something totally new for me but the results are a very happy customer 🙂