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, February 7, 2012

Score another for me

Today's project didn't happen on the router table, nor on a computer. It was all hand done with the help of a plasma cutter and my trusty grinder. The project wasn't complex nor did it take long. But it's one more small piece in a complex puzzle that is the Fox & Hounds Pub. The details matter a great deal, and we are down to the details. With all the work we put into the dart board surround the score board simply could't be ordinary.  My client had suggested some carbonized darts stuck into the top of the dart board but after a little research I discovered the center of the bull's eye needed to be 5' 8" off the floor. With the dropped ceiling in the stage area the darts would have even lost or even squished visually where the dart board was to hang. We had decided on a rusted steel chalk board(painted with some blackboard paint) Instead of welding three darts to the board I decided instead on one dart, abandoned after puncturing through the steel blackboard but bent and rather stuck in place. It struck me as funny as - well the 'deadly serious' game of darts.

Since the blackboard brush has a habit of getting lost I came up with  sure cure. A sturdy chain is welded to the bottom of the board. The other end will be securely bolted to the blackboard brush. It will stay put for a long time.  :)

Now it in on to some more details...