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

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Finishing the edges of our signs

One of the many things that separates our sign shop from most out there is how we take a little extra time and effort to finish the edges of our signs. Our signs are dimensional - wildly so. This means they have four sides by which they may be viewed.  On the meat market sign we are currently doing, the edge of the sign is cartoon woodgrain - like the front. I could have created a router file to machine some wood grain which would have meant only a little hand work to blend the pieces at the corners. I've done it that way with good results previously. But in this case it was just as easy and probably faster to create the woodgrain texture on the edges by hand with an air powered die grinder. It only took a few minutes to do.

The end result is noticeable but subtle if done right. It adds value to a project without adding hardly anything in cost. It is one more way to separate ourselves from the pack.