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 2, 2011

Preparation progress

 In most cases I create pieces on the router and then build the larger pieces around what has come off the machine. On this project we are doing he opposite. We are building much of the framework first, then designing, routing and installing the routed elements, before sculpting around them  to finish the project.
We've now spent three days on the project. My two helpers, Sarah and Becky are working hard, keeping me scrambling to stay ahead. Our task is to frame out the straight and level structures the carpenters built to look like the heavy, somewhat bent timbers of a two hundred year old pub. As the woodwork is completed we are covering it with expanded lath, over which we will sculpt fiberglass-reinfirced-concrete.

Tomorrow we do prefabricated work in the shop. Saturday I'll weld up the tree armatures for this part of the project. Stay tuned...