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    Can anyone give me an idea where to find a good font to cut? I see all these neat saying but just now sure how to do it. I know it cant be that hard.

    Thanks for any advice

  • #2
    I use the fonts in MS Word and PrintShop Deluxe. In the PrintShop format, I can print out just the outline by using the "coloring book" feature.
    Fred


    There's a fine line between woodworking and insanity, I'm just not sure which side of the line I'm on!

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    • #3
      Check your computer there are many fonts in Word program and just do a google search you will find them also.
      John T.

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      • #4
        There are several good fonts for scrolling. I like to use one that is a brass stencil from Plaid Products. It is called Jazz. I got mine at WalMart.

        I like it because you only drill one hole per letter.

        If you have a word processor or desktop publishing program which will allow you to kern fonts (adjust the spacing between letters) you can do some great text work by printing out your own patterns.
        You can identify the font you are looking for with this great site Identifont
        While you are at the Identifont site, you can look for symbols or pictures which are stored as fonts. Also great for scrolling patterns.
        CAЯL HIRD-RUTTEЯ
        "proud member of the best scroll sawing forum on the net."
        Ryobi SC180VS scroll saw EX21

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        • #5
          Carl, Name of font?

          Hi Carl,

          Is that font name Jazz or Jive?

          Clem

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          • #6
            Dallas:

            Just my $0.02.

            Your computer may have come with free software like MS Works, or something. Usually, there is a menu bar across the top, and if you select Tools, a selection window opens and you can select Fonts or something similar.

            When the Fonts window opens, look for the checkbox for Outline. Click on the various options which allows you to select the way the font prints out. Sometimes, you have to select the words, change the font color to have a dark shape outline, and then change the 'fill' color to white.

            The problem is this, there are three types of lettering:
            1- free standing. No backing board, but the letters are attached to each other by glue or cut that way.
            2- Bold, but glued to a backing board, like most street address. This allows the letters spacing with a word to look more normal.
            3- Recessed, negitive lettering. A solid wood, and the lettering is removed. Usually very dramitic, but looks bad on a wall.

            (There is a 4th, but we won't go into stencil fonts)

            You could also google for free fonts. But expect to spend a long Saturday afternoon searching thru all the hits you will get.

            BTW: there is a whole lot of words that come from the printing business like Kerning the Font as previously mentioned. Don't let the lingo get under your skin. It is just trade talk that expresses how the letters relate to each other, how the words relate to each other, and how the paragraphs relate to each other as physically displayed on the page.

            Phil

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            • #7
              Originally posted by GrayBeard Phil


              The problem is this, there are three types of lettering:
              1- free standing. No backing board, but the letters are attached to each other by glue or cut that way.
              2- Bold, but glued to a backing board, like most street address. This allows the letters spacing with a word to look more normal.
              3- Recessed, negitive lettering. A solid wood, and the lettering is removed. Usually very dramitic, but looks bad on a wall.
              Don't forget my fave, bevel-cut raised (or recessed) lettering. No need for stencil-style connections to interior spaces or for gluing back little pieces to a backer.

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              • #8
                Hi Clem, Plaid calls it Jazz, but I think that is because the Jive font name is taken.
                I know so is Jazz but there you go.
                Originally posted by Clem Wixted
                Hi Carl,

                Is that font name Jazz or Jive?

                Clem
                CAЯL HIRD-RUTTEЯ
                "proud member of the best scroll sawing forum on the net."
                Ryobi SC180VS scroll saw EX21

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                • #9
                  You folks are always great with help. I appreciate that. I will try some searhs on the internet and see what I come up with. Watch for pics soon

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                  • #10
                    So this is what Crow tastes like

                    Originally posted by Clem Wixted
                    Hi Carl,

                    Is that font name Jazz or Jive?

                    Clem
                    Well I was so wrong The font is JIVE not JAZZ.
                    And this is my public apology.
                    CAЯL HIRD-RUTTEЯ
                    "proud member of the best scroll sawing forum on the net."
                    Ryobi SC180VS scroll saw EX21

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by CanadianScroller
                      Well I was so wrong The font is JIVE not JAZZ.
                      Hey Carl,

                      No need for an apology, you provide too much good information to let this small item be meaningful. I was only wanting to be sure because, when I was traveling recently and visiting craft stores (we only have one in our town) I was asking for Jive and no one had it.

                      I'll keep looking for Jive.

                      Clem

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                      • #12
                        all windows operating systems are just choke full of fonts that might be used all over the computer. so many that one can gain space by deleting alot of them. In windowsXP home edition I think I counted 429 diff font styles. you can print these samples and then do what ya want with'um. try this.
                        click on start
                        then settings
                        then control panel
                        then look for the icon that says Fonts
                        then dbl on that
                        that should bring them all up but you will need to dblclk on each one to view/print. it would be possible to print and make size to suit and even make your own stencil.

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