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

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Pedal Power - Part Four

Once the routing was done I glued and clamped all of the layers together using PB Bond 240 glue from Coastal Enterprises. It tends to squeeze out a little on the edges of the seams but that was no problem. I like to use an air powered die grinder to take off the glue and add a little random texture while I'm at it. I also roughed up the faces just a little around the letters. I wanted this sign to look like it has been there a while and has a little character.

Once the cleanup was done it was time for a little welding. I bent up some 5/8" steel rod for the pedals and dug up a pulley from the parts bin. Some pencil rod was bent and welded to form the armature for the bear sculpture.

The sign is now ready for some fun sculpting. Stay tuned...