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, April 14, 2011

Blue sky progress

Today was one of those days when the world conspires against you doing any actual work that counts. But while the paying work was thin, I did manage to squeeze in a little time on the Blue Sky Project while I was loading some computer programs onto my new laptop. In ten minute bursts of activity I managed to lay on some sculpting epoxy to the gondola. As normally happens the drawings served as a rough guide, but many new ideas worked their way through. I decided the gondola needed more texture and so I sculpted some wood grain into the front. The 'metal' sides wrapped around to hold the wood in place and that was the perfect excuse to put on a bunch of rivets.

The wood in the front was balanced by a wooden barrel out back, making everything much more old fashioned and cool. I'm starting to really get into this thing.  

As I sculpt I forget the whole purpose of the exercise is to build a project that utilized the fourth axis capabilities of the new router... but then again it will be many weeks yet before it arrives, leaving us plenty of time for that aspect of the project.

In the meantime we'll continue to have a little fun.  :)