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Posted 8/30/2009 10:09:24 AM
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Hi ,
I would like to cut out wood letters from wood. I would like to use various fonts and sizes (ie: 8", 10" 12"). I don't know where to start and I haven't even purchased a dremel yet. I have purchased wood letters for projects but thought why not just made them myself! Much of what I read explains engraving letters in wood. I need more specifics of what attachments to use or even if I am on the right track. I would welcome any tips you have gained through your experience with this.
Thank you, Lisa
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Posted 10/8/2009 2:34:47 PM
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Good Day, in response to your question about making wood letters. If your intent is to make individual letters, they are best established by first sawing them out [scroll saw for thin pieces and a band saw for thicker],then use a Dremel tool with sanding drums to smooth the edges, especially inside curves. Cutting tools are good for adding detail to your project. If you've not yet purchased a tool, get a variable speed one. When marking out your letters, be wary of using a pencil, as the graphite tends to spread and is difficult to clean off. Felt pen absorbs into softer woods and spreads too. I use a ball point. Have two Dremel tools to use for carving projects, and they work very well. Try a variety of cutting tools, start with the smaller wood cutters, and work up in size and agressiveness as you get to understand how each cutting tool works on your project material.

 Start gently, be attentive to the result attained from each cutting tool, and have fun.

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Posted 10/10/2009 7:07:27 PM


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I agree that a good scroll saw is the way to go for cutting out the letters. Unfortunately, they can be rather expensive (about $200) for just one or two projects. However, if you enjoy cutting out wood patterns, it is worth the investment.
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Posted 10/11/2009 9:29:54 AM
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Dear Lisa,

     Well you know what you want to do, my advice to you is to make sure if and when you buy a dremel it will do what you would like it to do. I have purchased many tools and only buy the tool that will do the job in question and have many other uses for you. Also watch when you buy it see how much the attachments will cost you ! will it be worth it in the long run for you ? I have learned from experience when it comes to tools, and I have learned that from buying a DREMEL ! Bait and hook ! Get it Lisa    Bye ! Good Luck !

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