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

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Two more signs almost ready to go up

This week promises to be a busy one. The highlight of course is the setting up and kicking into operation of our new four axis MultiCam. Shawn Kirsch, head tech from MultiCam, Texas will arrive on Tuesday to do the work.

We will also continue work at the Fox and Hounds Pub. It is our hope to finish the bulk of the painting this week as well as hang some more signs. Today I spent the bulk of the day working on the sign that will hang on the gable over the front door as well as the smaller version that will be mounted inside at the end of the entry.

It was a simple task to scale the designs up and down to fit into each area. EnRoute made that task easy. The smaller sign with a width of about four feet was routed from four layers of 1.5" thick 30 lb Precision Board. It was glued up and then key areas ground to final shape with my air powered die grinder. The dogs and fox were sculpted with epoxy. It was designed to be viewed at eye level and up close. The paints are all acrylics. I tried Modern Master's Acrylic Theme paints with good success.

The larger sign for over the entry measures approximately six feet wide. It is routed from four layers of 2" thick 30 lb Precision Board. It was shaped, sculpted and painted at the same time and in the same manner as the smaller one. This larger piece was designed to be viewed from below as folks enter the establishment.

These signs will be the finishing touch to both areas. I can hardly wait to see them in place.