I started by printing the outlined letters out on paper, and then I glued the paper to the wood with a glue stick. It was quite easy to cut the letters on the new saw, and I have made them with a 15 degree bevel to add some extra shape. Subsequently, the edges have been sanded so they are nice and smooth.
Originally, I wanted to put sheet metal on the face of the letters to get a brass-like surface, but I could not make it look proper, so I painted them with gold paint instead. I stained the edges to get them as dark as possible. The letters will eventually get 6 coats Epifanes varnish.