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, January 9, 2014

Ready to roll

With a large crew both in the shop and up at the worksite much of my days are spent organizing and helping crew. In between I spend a few minutes at a time doing the projects I need to do. It took me two days to complete the hand carving of the woodgrain on the wagon wheel sign. I used an air powered die grinder to remove the excess glue, get rid of the uneven edges and carve in the heavy woodgrain. The work was all done freehand of course, an ideal method to create the weathered and worn look I was going for.  The router is great for the precision needed to carve the shape and lettering. The totally random woodgrain carving is quick to carve by hand, much faster than to design and program each wheel piece on the computer.

The rim of the wheel was given some quick random texture with the die grinder as well, and now looks like it has travelled many bumpy miles on some pretty rough trails.

The 30 lb Precison Board carves easily and holds the details extremely well. The screw holes will get filled with a little Abracadabra sculpting epoxy and then we go on to the paint stage.

In my next post I'll document the various stages of the painting process. Stay tuned...