Normally I would fasten the tracks into place and then mount the engine above them. But in this case the engine chassis was purposely warped both vertically and horizontally in a gentle curve for dramatic effect. This meant I had to mount the engine and then position the track below it using the routed wheels as a guide. I welded two half inch steel rods to the trestle framework, then held the train chassis above them and marked for the holes to be drilled. Then once that was done I slid it into position. A little five minute cure epoxy glue made everything secure. Then, using the routed wheels as a guide I positioned the track and fastened it into place. The 30 lb Precision Board was routed with a vertical curve and easily bent horizontally as I desired. I then used a little sculpting epoxy to mold the rail plates and spike heads. The wheels were temporarily screwed into place but they will be removed for the detailing and painting process. Tomorrow, I'll begin sculpting the detail onto the engine. I can hardly wait!
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