If you’ve ever tried to “freehand” anything more complex than a squiggle — much less letters — with your router, you know that it’s impossible, not to mention a bit unsafe. Now Rockler’s offering a kit to make routing letters and words for signs easy; They call it the TurnLock Router SignCrafter System.
The system consists of a 7″ clear plate base that mounts to most 6″ and 7″ routers, two self-clamping side bars, four metal rails with joiners, and two TurnLock bushings. Using it is straightforward: You clamp the side bars to your workpiece, assemble the metal rails between them, then insert the included 2-1/2″ or 1-1/2″ self-spaced letter templates to create the sign lettering. Then, you simply follow the templates with the router to route the lettering into the workpiece.
The system lets you work on signs up to 36″ long consisting of up to 18 letters at once. Replacement letter sets are sold separately. Rockler says it works with wood stock of any thickness.
Rockler’s offering the system (currently on sale) for $37. Replacement sets are $8 each.
TurnLock Router SignCrafter System [Rockler Woodworking & Hardware]