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Hello, from Northern California

Hello,

My name is John. I've been a sign designer for over 10 years, but ironically, I was never really part of the construction side of it. Currently, while working part time at sign company, I'm doing some freelance work on the side, but I feel limited by my lack of knowledge in actually building the signs that I design.

Thus, I've decided to learn more about working with power tools and different materials, like wood and sign foam. That's why I'm here, to absorb some knowledge!

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Howdy John!

Where abouts in N.CA?

Sounds like you would be looking into CNC equipment... depending on what kind of signs you make...

Welcome aboard!

Don't be afraid to jump and ask your questions...

If you don't ask, you don't learn...
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Hi! I live in Fremont (bay area). A CNC router would definitely be nice.

The business at apartment complexes is finally starting to pick up again, so I'd like to market some post and panel monument signs. My first goal is to work on learning how to shape the panels, as well as learning how to dado posts for mounting the sign face.
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OK...

With a router and a simple jig, you can get the dado's done... and have the router to do other things!

For free-form panels, using a cheap band saw, you can cut pieces of MDF (1/4" stuff) to the desired shapes. Sand nice & smooth the edges. To develop the Patterns you want.

Then, all you have to do is place pattern on the wood (for the sign), draw around it with a pencil, rough cut it out on band saw (about 1/8" or less from the line).

Using double-sided carpet tape, tape the pattern onto your sign work piece.

Place a Flush Trim or Pattern bit into your router... the bit has a bearing that rides against the Pattern... the cutting part of the bit is in perfect alignment with the bearing.

You push the router bit into the wood so the bearing rides on your Pattern and then just move the router around your Pattern keeping the bearing on the pattern. If you slide away from the edge, no problem, just go back and do it again... Simple as all get out.

Now, you have an exact copy of your pattern for the sign!

That should get you started thinking about the process...

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Hey Mike,

That's a nice looking sign!

Did you make it? If so, how?
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Hey John,
Welcome. Great place to absorb knowledge. Post some photos of your work when you get a chance. It helps a lot in giving/getting feedback.
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Hello JDA. welcome to the forum.

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