Ok, I have been Googling for some time without success so here I am.
I have a pine bench on which I want to engrave a 2" by 6" backrest board
with some lettering. I can print out exactly what I want in Corel Draw
and then transfer the outline to the board but where do I go from there?
The complete text will consist of letters 4.5" high that combine to be
approximately 6' in length. I could just take my router and go for it
but there must be several tips that would make the learning curve must
less steep. Any help of any kind would be greatly appreciated.....any
certain font? what bit(s) to use? anything that might help. Heck, even
if this is something that I should not try, please tell me.
Also, if there is one or more URLs out there that would provide some
help please point me to them.
You might consider carving the wood with the appropriate chisels.
Serife fonts work very well with a V-shaped chisel. And the process
might leave some desirable marks / traces if you're looking for a bit
of a retro look.
As for the router approach, obviously a V-shaped bit that will alow
you to go into corners.
Best fitted on a Dremel tool for that size of lettering, if you own
one that also has this sort of attachement:
Then a flat-head bit to clear larger surfaces, if needed (endmill or
Oh, and you might want to make a shallow cut along the edges with a
sharp knife first, regardless of the process you choose.
There are a couple of ways to go with this. You could cut the letters
with chisels and gouges, but I bet you want to use power tools. There
are letter stencils and frames to use with a router (something like:
. You could also do this with a "V" bit or veiner, (or other appropriate
bit) and cut freehand. Sears/Craftsman also made a router duplicating
pantograph. I had one set up on my bench at one time (sorry, but the box
and manual are in garage no-man's land - ie; lost). This allows one to
enlarge/reduce from original artwork. You could probably make one of
Lastly, there are simple, fixed router mechanisms such as the duplicarver
or similar: http://www.terrco.com/index.php?page_name=sign_carving
Thu, Jun 28, 2007, 11:10pm (EDT-1) firstname.lastname@example.org (IGot2P) doth
<snip> I want to engrave a 2" by 6" backrest board with some lettering.<snip> I could just take my router and go for it but there must be
several tips that would make the learning curve must less steep. <snip>
Gods above. Do it like every school kid and drunk has snce time
began. Whip out a pocket knife and carve. It ain't rocket science;
it's a practice curve, not a learning curve.
If you think you still need help, go to a library, get a carving
book, it'll have pictures in it even, and if it's about marine carving,
probably even in color. Plenty of instructions on-line too.
If a man does his best, what else is there?
- General George S. Patton
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