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, December 20, 2011

Texturing the scroll

Each time I post a routed scroll I get a couple of folks asking why I didn't program the file and router to do it all with the machine. While I certainly could and sometimes do the answer is I love the look of hand done sculpture. Residual tool marks and texture are best done by hand for it provides a look that is hard to duplicate by any other way. The second reason is I love to do it and sometimes I can do it faster by hand than I could program it and let the machine do the work.

The CNC does a fabulous job with the lettering, removing the bulk of material and shaping the pieces of the scroll. It was a simple matter to glue the ends to the center piece and then use my die grinder to add some simple texture While I was at it I roughed up the edges and added some small cracks to the scroll. Now we do the paint to make it look it's age.

It's going to look great on the brick wall at the back of the stage.