What it is, the state building/fire codes require that the address number in
front of a residence be in numbers at least 4" tall and 6" tall for
businesses. So if I want to do an address sign I need to do it in these
I have googled but don't find such a thing. Doing freehand is not practical
for my project.
I'd like to have templates for both 4" and 6" numbers as well as letters.
Start looking for a pantograph unit for a router.
It will be pricey.
Have you looked at precut wooden or plastic sign letters?
I used 6" plastic sign numbers and mastic on the front door almost 50
As far as I know, they are still in service.
I did that once in MS-Word, it let me spread my letters across 30" in a
gentle arc and print it in 3 pages. I was able to effortlessly
"test-fit" until it was just the size and look I wanted. Of course,
reviewing the orginal question, my letter were not 4 or 6 inches, but
only half that, so YMMV.
On Sunday, March 27, 2011 5:13:37 AM UTC-7, J. Clarke wrote:
[templates for router signmaking]
I second this. For the glueing, I'd wipe the masonite with white glue,
and after it dries iron on (with a bit of aluminum foil between the iron
and the paper) the print.
To get slightly fancier, a plunge router with a collar guide will require
a bit oversize cutout of the template.
To get a lot fancier, there are X/Y router gizmos for sign shops that
do it all in software.
On Sat, 26 Mar 2011 22:17:15 -0700, "Ralph Compton"
If you're anywhere near Taft, CA (Bakersfield area) you're in luck. Go
see Gunner. He can either produce templates (or numbers) for you (for
pay, please) or sell you the extra Gorton Pantograph mill he has for
sale. Times are tough, so he can use the ducats.
Make the best use of what is in your power,
and take the rest as it happens.
If this is a one shot project, you can print letters any size from a
word processor program. Glue the printout to plywood and cut it out.
Set the word processor to do an outline of the font and it will be
easier to cut.
Also see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUGkroZus_Y and
I wanted to make custom address signs for friends and neighbors but do need
to have min. 4" numbers although names, etc., can be smaller.
Plan B is to make my own templates on the scroll saw and make my own jig to
hold them together. More trouble, nusance, but probably more rewarding when
the task is done.
Thanks for the advice.
That's not clear enough for you? :-)
The results look cheap and juvenile. Maybe it's the font they used for
the templates. The examples in the images don't exactly portray "master
woodworker" to me. More like 4H project.
"Playing is not something I do at night, it's my function in life"
It doesn't, but getting the 4" is at least heading in the right direction.
And I am greatful for responses that point me in the right direction. Too
many newsgroups are not helpful at all, this one seems to be populated with
much more helpful people. But then, I have observed that woodworkers do
seem to be helpful people.
SFWIW, federally documented boats are required to use 6" block letters
for the vessel name and 4" block letters for the hailing port.
You might want to check with a sign shop or the gov't body to
determine required font.
Since you seem to have a scroll saw, making you own may not be such a
1/4" Birch ply with a couple of coats of shellac would make some neat
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