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, February 9, 2012

Pure fun - without breaking into a sweat

Today we did the last of the routed interior signs for the Fox & Hounds Pub. They were glued in readiness for the finishing in the next few days.

Once they were off the router it was time to kick the Lark Rise sign into gear. The horse's head was the first task. It was routed in four layers of 1.5" thick 30lb Precision Board. I then glued it up in readiness for some quick hand carving. If we were doing multiples it would have made sense to spend more time on the modeling and add more fine detail. But I would rather spend my time doing this work by hand - after allowing the machine to do the hard work - roughing things out. The horse's head is about 16" tall and 6" thick as a point of reference. Once I have flattened the bottom of the neck it will be fastened to the round base below.

Stay tuned...