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

Friday, April 1, 2011

Heavy lifting is done!

Today the cut steel plates were finally ready and work could begin on the Black Forest sign once more.  I fired up the hydraulic bender and bent up the heavy 1.125" thick steel rod for the primary support on the bracket. The smaller curl is 1" solid steel. Kirsten gave me a hand steadying things while I welded everything securely in place. A temporary stand was also welded up to hold the sign securely while we work on it and for transport to the site. My good neighbor Gord came over to give us a hand as we wrestled it over to the lifting beam and hooked up the chain-fall. It went easier from that point as it did the heavy lifting with little effort.

Now that is able to be worked on all around progress will go much smoother and quickly too. The second knight needs only  helmet to be finished. There is a little more sculpting to finish and then we are on to paint at last.

Stay tuned...