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1212/1262 - SignPro

Create custom wood-engraved signs with the SignPro Sign Making Router Jig

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Make professional-quality engraved wooden signs with the Milescraft SignPro sign making kit for routers. Self-spacing 1-1/2″ and 2-1/2” 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. This router jig gives you the speed and convenience you need and is compatible with your existing router. With TurnLock™ as an integral feature on the BasePlate, bushing exchange is tool-free, hardware-free, and takes only seconds.

Guide Bushings

  • Durable 5/8″ and 7/16″ guide bushings maintain consistent alignment with any router template
  • Bushing guides you through the router stencils to create great-looking signs
  • Metal nose guide bushing provides long-lasting durability

TurnLock™ BasePlate, Router Accessory

  • 7″ TurnLock™ BasePlate fits most popular routers
  • Made of clear  polycarbonate for visibility of the 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
  • TurnLock™ base plate accepts all Milescraft bushings

Sign Pro Router Templates (206 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)
  • 1-1/2″ horizontal character templates included:
    •  A to Z plus one additional A, E, and I (2 each)
    •  0 to 9 (2 each)
    • period/apostrophe, dash and blank spacer template (2 each)
  • Vertical number templates included:
    • 1-1/2″ templates – 0 to 9 (2 each)
    • 2-1/2″ templates – 0 to 9 (2 each)

Low Profile C-Clamps

  • Securely hold the workpiece without obstructing the router
*When using this router template guide, be 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

    Self-spacing character templates: 2 sets of 2-1/2" horizontal characters, 2 sets of 1-1/2" horizontal characters, 2 sets of 2-1/2" vertical numbers 0 to 9, 2 sets of 1-1/2" vertical numbers 0 to 9, (Templates - 206 pcs. total)
    One - 3/8" carbide tipped router bit
    One - 1/4" tungsten carbide router bit
    One - 5/8" metal nose bushing
    One - 7/16" metal nose bushing
    Four - 18" metal rails with joiners
    Two - end caps
    Two - low profile c-clamps, to permit easy passage of the router
    One - 7" TurnLock™ BasePlate with 4 mounting screws
    One - 1/4" and 1/2" Centering Pin

  • Weight

    7.92 lbs

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Average Review:
4.50 out of 5 based on 16 customer ratings

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  1. 5 out of 5

    The sign making kit is fun. Everyone likes to get a gift of their name engraved in wood.

  2. 4 out of 5

    In the box one will find everything that is needed to rout text in wood. There is a limitation, only one type of font in two sizes: 1.5” and 2.5″. All one needs to have is a router with 1/4″ collet. It comes with such router bits. For those who already have other Milescraft jigs designed to use with a router there is a good news: it is made with TurnLock Technology as well, so it uses the same router base plate as other jigs. That means that one can have dedicated router for use with Milescraft jigs on which one base plate could be mounted – what a time saver!
    All parts are well made of quality material. However, plastic templates for the letters can be damaged by the router bit, so one needs to be focused and careful.
    The idea is very simple… one loads stencils for the letters into the rail which holds them together and serves as a surface for the router to rest and move on. However, in real life using this requires a bit of a learning. Some letters are very easy to rout and come up very nice every time (C, I, J, L, S, U) but others are a bit difficult due to their shape (A, R, B, K, X, W, N, M etc). Bushing will lose a contact with a template for a moment when routing those, so this is where focus and steady hands are needed.
    It is faster to use than a PantographPRO, however the latter is more versatile. If you are happy with just one font this might be just the right sign making jig for you.

  3. 3 out of 5

    Only used 1.5″ letters
    Great customer service, the original letter “N” that came with a new kit is “Old Style” is backward and larger than others. Jessica Randall in customer service is sending the replacement.
    The letters are thin and flexible easy for router guide to come out of the letter. Practiced with old style letter N and letter it’s a good thing because I ruined both. My old sign kit, the templates were stiff and guide never came out of the letter template. I made many signs and manes in furniture that I made and never had a problem, but I needed smaller letters.

  4. 5 out of 5

    If you want to get addicted to making sawdust and making signs and having lots of fun with wood, this is a great starting point. If you like those state park signs and want to make your own versions of those signs then you came to the right place. Milescraft uses the same font in this kit. This is not the ONLY way to make signs but it is a great kit to have in a sign making arsenal. You get a lot of goodies in this kit to help you get started making some signs.

    NOTE: Highway brown and highway yellow are 2 colors you may be looking for to make your sign look like the real deal. Some of those signs used white for the letters. I added this for those who wanted to know what colors to get.

    You will want to have a depth gauge to help you set your router bit depth. Milescraft makes a depth gauge. You do not have to cut the letters really deep to make them right,

  5. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    good product, I am a beginner so it does take some time for trial & error to get it to work. you have to go slow the plastic parts tend to fall out of place if you go too fast. but work awesome when you get the hang of it.would absolutely recommend this for anyone.

  6. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    Product is great. Fast shipping. Highly recommended

  7. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

  8. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    Good quality but yet to try it

  9. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    I am very pleased with the product and how fast I received it after the order was placed

  10. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    Great product, ordering was easy and delivered on time.

  11. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    There can’t be a simpler way to make a wooden sign. Set up was a breeze, and I made my first sign within 30 minutes. It takes longer to find the letters and place them in the unit than it does to route them out. Highly recommended!

  12. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    Everything I need and an outstanding price

  13. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    Wish there were other fonts available as this is an easy product to use. Additional fonts would greatly expand more uses.

  14. 4 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    works well, though the aluminum extrusions are twisted, causing some difficulty in assembling the jig.

  15. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    Fast and easy setup. Was experimenting on scrap lumber in less than 15 minutes.

  16. 1 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    It was NOT delivered!

    • George, your package was delivered on Thursday 10/10/2019 at 10:45 am by FedEx. If you have any questions, please contact Milescraft customer service at 224-227-6930. Thank you.

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

Milescraft does not make special character templates, however, 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?

Some 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 via email,  info@milescraft.com or phone 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+ P601 is compatible with the #30681 TurnLock Base Plate. This Ryobi router does not require special screws.

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

Compatible Compact/Palm/Trim Routers:

Bosch/Colt PR20EVSPK
DeWalt DWE6000
DeWalt DWP611
Ridgid R2401
Ridgid R24012
Ridgid R86044B
Ryobi P601

Not Compatible without plunge attachment:

Makita RT0701C (requires a plunge attachment for installation on the base plate)
Makita XTR01 (requires a plunge attachment for installation on the base plate)
Bosch/Colt PR20EVS (requires a plunge attachment for installation on the base plate)

How do I paint or finish my signs?

Painting or Finishing Signs – Helpful Hints:

Hint 1:

Spray paint the entire workpiece after it has been routed. After the paint is dry, sanding the entire sign with a belt sander will remove the paint from the high spots and leave paint in the areas that have been routed. Be sure to sand the workpiece evenly.

Hint 2:

Place Tuck Tape, or another sheathing tape, over the surface that you want to rout out. The router cuts through the tape and into the workpiece. After routing is complete, spray paint over the lettering, (usually two coats) and once dry, remove the tape. This can be done with the help of a shop knife or Exacto blade. This method cuts down on sanding.

How do I use both sizes of letter templates with one sign?

If you have two routers, set one up with ¼” router bit and 7/16” bushing, and the other with 3/8” (or ½”) and 5/8” bushing. This will allow you to complete the routing without stopping and changing.

Is it possible to plunge too deep with my router?

Be sure the router’s depth is set appropriately and the depth stop is being used, this will prevent damage to the router bushing.

To achieve the best results, make multiple passes in increments of 1/4″ – 5/16″ until you have reached the desired depth of cut.

What bits can I use for sign making?

  • 1/2″ round nose bit adds greater depth and width to the characters
  • V-groove bits create beveled sidewalls.
  • Straight bits leave perpendicular sidewalls that add shadows for more contrast

How do I rout characters with inner fields?

When routing letters and numbers with inner fields (A, B, D, O, P, Q, R, 6, 8, 9, and zero), hold the guide bushing tightly against the other perimeter of the template as you rout. Even a slight wandering off the template wall could result in a botched character. It is best to use a test piece first.

How do I make signs that standout?

  • If you are painting your sign, almost any wood species will do
  • For clear finished signs, laminate two contrasting wood species, such as padauk-on-maple (best for indoor use)
  • For outdoor signs, choose cedar, redwood, or white oak (these species resist rot)
  • After routing signs, use spray paint for a quick way to add contrast, plane or sand after the paint dries
  • Don’t apply a clear-film finish to outdoor signs; the sun’s ultraviolet rays will cause it to peel
  • Use pigmented deck finish or leave outdoor signs bare and allow it to weather naturally