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

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Primed rib

The cut pieces of MDF came off the router far faster than I could hope to assemble them. In the end I just used my energy to feed the hungry MultiCam. I had to do up one piece however to satisfy my brain it would all go together as planned. Each rib (actually 1/4 rib) was made up from 8 pieces. They fit together perfectly as I knew they would. A little hand work with the die grinder added texture to the edged and rounded the outside corners to my satisfaction. Some paintable acrylic caulking rounded the inside corners in a hurry. Then I added a generous coat of Coastal Enterprises FSC-88-WB primer. The WB stands for water based. This primer is the consistency of heavy cream and when brushed with a small brush can leave random brush strokes for the perfect texture. When I add our 'rust paint' the end result will be 'cast iron ribs' that will look just right for our application.
Before I knew it I had a primed rib done to perfection! Stay tuned for progress on the next 19 pieces to come...