It is hard to believe that it was almost ten years ago I witnessed a CNC router in action for the very first time. I was fascinated and simply had to have one! Although I had been in the creative end of the three dimensional sign business for most of my life I didn't really know what I would do with one of these machines - but I just knew it could do fantastic stuff.

Along with the CNC router I discovered the wonderful material called Precision Board and the glues, primers and other companion products they offer. Since then we have gone through many tons of the material using it in most signs and projects we tackle. This journal will chronicle our many adventures both past, present and future. I'll talk from the perspective of someone who pushes these products to the creative limit on a daily basis. I'll be adding to the stories two or three times each week. -dan

Monday, March 22, 2010


We were asked by the folks at Coastal Enterprises to create a display piece they could use in their trade show booth. As always there were some challenges. It had to be constructed from Precision Board of course. There was also the challenge of real estate as it was at a premium. The display could take up no more floor space than two by two feet and it needed to be tall enough to show up from a distance. It didn't take long to come up with the idea of a weather vane. But it would be no ordinary wind indicator...
I sketched up the idea and sent it down to California for their approval. They looked it over and replied with an enthusiastic YES! As the show was quickly approaching we got busy in our studio. The piece would be largely designed using EnRoute software and then routed on our MultiCam. There was some handwork too of course.
As promised the piece was made from 30 lb Precision Board in its entirety with the exception of the steel pole that holds up the plane.It was all painted with acrylic paints - complete with real gold letters for the compass points. Only four days after the drawing was approved the finished display piece was crated and ready for shipping. It proved to be a landmark at the trade show.