SignCrafter - Milescraft

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1206/1256 - SignCrafter

For professional looking router-cut wood signs, the Milescraft SignCrafter is the hobbyist’s tool of choice!

$54.99

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Create custom wood-engraved signs with the SignCrafter. Self-spacing 2-1/2” horizontal characters fit into the 36” adjustable clamping system, without having to make any measurements. Affix the character templates and start routing, for uniformly spaced letters and numbers. With TurnLock™ as an integral feature on the BasePlate, bushing exchange is tool-free, hardware-free, and takes only seconds.

Guide Bushing

  • Durable 5/8″ guide bushing maintains consistent alignment with any router template
  • Bushing guides you through the templates to create great-looking signs
  • Metal nose guide bushing provides long-lasting durability

TurnLock™ BasePlate

  • 7″ TurnLock™ BasePlate fits most popular routers
  • Made of clear  polycarbonate for visibility of work area
  • Can be modified with a drill or file to fit nonstandard routers
  • Allows you to change your bushing size quickly with no tools needed

Equipped with the patented TurnLock™ Technology

  • Fast tool-free guide bushing and router attachment exchanges
  • Thumb-activated lock/release mechanism enhances speed and safety when changing tools
  • TurnLock™ base plate accepts all Milescraft bushings

SignCrafter Templates (82 pcs. total)

  • 2-1/2″ character templates included:
    •  A to Z plus one additional A, E, and I  (2 each)
    • 0 to 9 (2 each)
    •  period and quotation mark (2 each)

Low Profile C-Clamps

  • Securely hold the workpiece without obstructing the router
*Make sure that the bushing is installed on the BasePlate before routing

 WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov/product

  • Includes

    Two Sets of 2-1/2" Horizontal Templates (82 pcs. total)
    One - 3/8" Router Bit
    One - 5/8" Metal Nose Bushing
    Four - 18" Letter Rails
    Two - End Caps
    Two - Low Profile C-Clamps
    One - 7" TurnLock™ BasePlate
    One - 1/4" and 1/2" Centering Pin

  • Weight

    5.7 lbs

1206 SignCrafter Manual (pdf)

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1256B SignCrafter Manual – Metric (pdf)

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BasePlate Mounting Key (30081 BasePlate) (pdf)

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Can I make my own templates for the SignCrafter & SignPro?

You can create your own templates by purchasing material and cutting it out.

The material you will need to purchase is a polycarbonate material that is 3/32” thick x 4” wide, and will need to be cut down to 3-1/4” to fit into the frame of the jig.

You will then need to draw or stencil the desired character onto the material and then cut it out. This will allow you to create a character to your desired height.

How do I create my own arrow template for the SignPro or SignCrafter?

You can create your own arrow template, by purchasing material from McMaster-Carr.

Please see the link below.

http://www.mcmaster.com/#1749k92/=w2dcid

The material is 3/32” thick x 4” wide.  It would need to be cut down to 3-1/4”  to fit into the frame.  You will need to draw or stencil an arrow onto the material and then cut it out, a jigsaw would work for this application. This will allow you to create an arrow to your desired length.

How do I use the centering pin to center the base plate on my router?

The Milescraft centering pin can be used to accurately align and center the TurnLock™ Base Plate. This is not an extremely tight fit as the centering happens from the convex area of the pin. The pin is two sizes, ¼” and ½”, based on the collet sizes.

  1. Remove the existing base from the router by removing the appropriate screws.
  2. Insert appropriate end of the centering pin into router collet. (Follow your router manufacturer’s instruction for this step.)
  3. Install provided TurnLock Bushing on to the Base Plate by twisting into the TurnLock opening in the center of the Base Plate. (Example: If the 1/4″ end is inserted into your router’s collet use the 5/8″ bushing on the 1/2″ end of the centering pin.)
  4. Place the BasePlate on top of the router so that the screw mounting recesses are facing away from the router.
  5. After lowering the Base Plate so it is in contact with the centering pin, rotate the Base Plate over the router’s threaded screw holes until the correct alignment is found.
  6. Loosely fasten the Base Plate to the router by reinstalling the same screws removed in step 1 or if necessary, the screws provided.
  7. Adjust the Base Plate as needed to center the TurnLock Bushing on the centering pin. (Note: This is not an extremely tight fit as the centering happens from the convex area of the pin.)
  8. When centered, secure the Base Plate into position by tightening the appropriate screws.
  9. Remove the TurnLock Bushing from the Base Plate by twisting it out of the TurnLock mechanism.
  10. Remove the centering pin from the router collet. (Follow your router manufacturer’s instruction for this step.)

Your TurnLock Router Base Plate is now installed and centered. To use, simply twist the desired bushing into place. Follow you router manufacturers’ guidelines for proper router operation.

Do you offer additional fonts for the SignCrafter and SignPro?

Unfortunately, we do not offer additional font templates at this time. However, there is a product that can do other sizes and fonts. It is called the PantographPRO.

A pantograph works from tracing a paper stencil (1 character at a time) rather than being guided directly by a group of templates, as with the SignPro or SignCrafter. This gives the user unlimited font capabilities.

Can I use the same guide bushing and router bit for both the 1-1/2" & 2-1/2" templates?

When routing signs using the 2-1/2″ templates, you will want to use the 3/8″ LR Router Bit with a 5/8″ Guide Bushing.

When routing signs using the 1-1/2″ templates, you will want to use the 1/4″ LR Router Bit with a 7/16″ Guide Bushing.

You can purchase a 1/2″ bit (#2213) and use this with the 2-1/2″ templates to create ‘bold’ letters.

For your convenience guide bushings and router bits can be purchased separately.

Does the bushing need to be installed on the BasePlate before I begin routing the work-piece using the SignCrafter or SignPro?

Please make sure that the bushing is installed on the TurnLock™ BasePlate before you begin routing your project. This will ensure that your router bit does not come in contact with your templates.

Do you offer rails for the SignCrafter & SignPro that are longer than 18"?

Rails can be custom cut to the desired length. Please contact Milescraft Customer Service by phone or email, and we would be happy to assist you with your custom rails.

How do I keep my letters from falling out of the rails?

It is recommended that you use a support bridge even with signs that are 18” or less. You may also find it beneficial to clamp down the support bridge to ensure that the letter templates do not come lose while you are routing.

Do you offer vertical letter templates?

Currently, Milescraft only makes vertical number templates that can be purchased as a set. The set includes 1-1/2″ and 2-1/2″ number templates.

While we do not manufacture vertical letters, there is a router forum that outlines a process on how to create your own set up to do this. With this modification, you will be able to create vertical signs.

Please visit the following link for more information: http://www.routerforums.com/sign-making/11165-vertical-sign-making-2.html

What type of cuts do the different router bits make and what are they used for?

Round Nose Bit:
Single passes on stencil will create a round bottom cut. This works nicely with the Modern stencil set as well as many script/cursive fonts. Not recommended for situations where an even surface is desired at the bottom of a cut.

Flat End Bit:
Creates vertical side walls while cutting. Works well with the Old English stencil, creating protruded letters and in situations where an even surface is desired on the bottom of the cut.

V-Groove Bit:
Creates engravings with variable widths based on bit depth. When used at a shallow depth on a level board, it is ideal for detailed designs and line drawings. Also is effective at outlining letters.

Do I need special screws to attach the TurnLock™ BasePlate to my Ryobi Router?

Ryobi routers require special screws which will be supplied upon request at no charge to you. To acquire these special screws please contact Milescraft Customer Service.
info@milescraft.com or 224-227-6930

Do I have to use a plunge base router with the SignCrafter or SignPro?

It is not required to use a plunge base router with this kit. Below you will find information on using both types of routers so you can see the difference in operation.

If using a fixed base router:
Lower router bushing into letter opening. With bushing in contact with the inside of letter opening and router bit above wood (NOT TOUCHING), start router motor. Lower bit into the wood until router base is resting on both rails. The router bushing traces around the letter opening. When the letter is complete, turn the router off. When the motor stops, remove router. Proceed to engrave all letters in the template assembly.

If using a plunge router:

Lower router bushing into letter opening. With bushing in contact with the inside of letter opening and router bit above wood (NOT TOUCHING), start router motor. Lower bit into the wood. The router bushing traces around the letter opening. When the letter is complete, raise router bit. Stop the router motor. Proceed to engrave all letters in the template assembly.

How do I prevent the spread of sawdust when using my router?

If your router comes with a dust deflector, we recommend installing this before routing. It may also be helpful to install a dust collection adapter on your router, should this accessory be available for your particular brand/model number.

Is the Ryobi One+ compatible with the base plate?

Yes, the Ryobi One+ is compatible with the #30681 TurnLock Base Plate.

Is my compact/palm/trim router compatible with the base plate?

Compatible Compact/Palm/Trim Routers:

Bosch/Colt PR20EVSK
DeWalt DWE6000
DeWalt DWP611
Ridgid R2401
Ridgid R24012
Ridgid R86044B
Ryobi P601

Not Compatible:

Makita RT00701C
Makita XTR01