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, January 3, 2012


This morning I brushed a coat of the thick Coastal Enterprises FSC-88 WB primer onto the piece. In some areas I used it to smooth things out, while in others the primer was used to add a little texture. As per their instructions I put a fan onto the piece and did something else while it dried.

Then I painted on two coats of a water based gold metallic paint (Modern Masters) He was looking pretty solid and rich looking at this point. This paint was also brushed on an allowed to dry thoroughly between coats. I made sure I painted well onto the areas that would be getting the next color. This meant I would only have to cut once, saving time.

Then I added the color to the border using a rich red metallic (also Modern Masters paint) I used the raised ridge as a cut line making the job easy and quick.

I have a fan on the piece now and it will stay there until this afternoon sometime. Then I'll start adding the glazes which will bring this piece alive in a few minutes. I'll be posting pictures and maybe even a movie of that process to show just how easy it is. Stay tuned...