Sign Carving With Your Router
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(Apr 01, 2006)
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Signmaker Jim Bartz provides all the advice you need to design and carve custom wooden signs using a versatile freehand method that requires no lettering templates or guides. He takes you through the process, step-by-step, from initial design to the final details. Both relief and engraved carving methods are covered.
1. Examples of signs and decorative carvings
2. Tools youll need
3. Design tips
4. Preparing the workpiece
5. Safety consideration
6. Carving techniques
7. Removing the background
8. Detail work
Carving custom signs using an ordinary plunge router can be a rewarding and creative hobby, a profitable business, or both. And it doesnt require a lot of expensive tools or a large workspace. This fact-filled 44 minute video is ideal for beginning or experienced woodworkers.
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With a little care and preparation, smooth hand, and some sort of computer to help with the template design (I used Microsoft Publisher), I turned out my sign(s) in a matter of a several hours each, which allows for designing, laying out, transferring, carving, sanding, sealing, painting, with mulitple coats and dry time on the sealers and paint. I am thrilled with my first results.
The soft spoken Jim Bartz provides perfectly clear instruction and leaves no detail out of his straight forward and easy to follow process. He also provides the music for the DVD which is punctuated with snowy scenes around his workshop. Just a nice video all around. I don't see the need for the lettering kit and pantograph that I purchased, but I will keep them just in case. This DVD and a good plunge router is all you need. By the way, for my signs, I used white oak from 12" wide board stock at the Home Depot and it worked just great for my 2-sided sign.
Just a great instructional video!
It is a good basic video that will get you started.