Custom routed signs

in sections custom routed signsTo produce a custom routed signs takes patience, a good eye and a steady hand to control the router.

The sign can vary in size and shape and the design can be just lettering or a shape or a combination of both.

The design can be hand drawn or composed on a computer. The composed design is then printed.

Should however a rustic or stressed finish then prepare it to that finish.

Next is to transfer the design to the wood. This can be with carbon paper, tracing over the design to make an impression, many other ways are possible.

If your wood router uses a vacuum take off to keep the cutting are clear of debris. 

Custom routed signsShould however this is not available then all precautions are necessary as you will be required to be close to the cutting area.

Having bought the best wood router it is now time to put it to the test, set the cutter to a depth of 3/16”.



Custom routed signsThe cutters size has to be of a size to allow it to cut, without it cutting into the design.

Take roughing cuts leaving some area to cut near to the line of the design. So when cutting to the line there will be less tendency of the cutter pulling into the design.

With the complete design, clear the cut area of wood debris. Then spray the complete design with a black ink compound.

When dry  sand the design to remove the black from the raised surface leaving the undercut area black.

Coat the finished product to get the wanted completion effect.

The following video shows one complete method method from start to finish:



The next video is going to show how to produce very good routed signs using a pine wood.

The techniques are in the same methods but the end result is a super quality finish:

The original video I used has been replaced because it is not longer available.


Similarly this video shows a great deal of thought put into its production. So this custom routed sign is very good product.

The wood is pine so the expertise in the initial preparation to make the end result a pleasure to look at.

The careful chipping out with the hand chisel to ensure the lettering gave an even texture to the recessed lettering.

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