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

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Working in the attic

The first few days after getting back from a trip are always hectic. There are calls to return, emails to answer and plenty of chores to be done. On the job site the general contractor has been busy, getting ahead of us and also preparing the next project for our work. In the center of the old pub the ceiling was raised as a feature. Before the renovation a chainsaw carved fox and hounds was surrounded by a mural with a farm scene. This was all to be replaced by a London rooftop with a dark sky overhead.

The carpenters had built a raised platform in my absence. It was high enough to keep the tables in operation underneath in front of the fireplace. We could work above, with the guests only hearing us through the floor. A trap door allows us limited access. They had removed the faux beams, leaving us to patch the ceiling and then do our work.

Yesterday we hauled up a lot of lumber, with even more going up the ladder tomorrow. Yesterday I got a handle on one side of the framed structure, today we worked hard to almost finish the basic shape. The many chimneys are next on the list with the faux slate roof to follow. Once all the paint is done we will hang a couple of the dimensional signs from the beams. Then it is on to the fireplace below that will feature more routing and decorative pieces.

It is kind of interesting to be in the center of the action and yet hidden from the sight of the public.  Soon enough the temporary staging will come down and it will be revealed for all to enjoy.