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, June 9, 2011

Foxy sign.

In one of the trees we sculpted at the Fox & Hounds restaurant a sign will hang on a branch overhead. To start the sign I opened the driftwood bitmap from the Texture Magic Collection in Photoshop. 

I used the warp tool to shape the bitmap to a gentle 'S' curve.

I traced the outline with vectors and then imported them into EnRoute.

I also opened, copied and pasted the fox medallion into EnRoute, resized it to an appropriate size and added some shoulder pieces to make the sign flow. I added some sandblasted woodgrain texture to this piece.

I created a separate relief of the lettering border and then added the domed lettering. I created a second copy of the sign and flipped it before adding the lettering to each. That way the two sides would fit together and forma a double sided sign.

Tomorrow I'll route the signs and then glue them up so I can finish this portion of the project off.