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

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Deadline met - thanks to a hard working crew!

Our meeting in Florida went great. While we were away the crew kept exceptionally busy. They did a fabulous job Too.

All the pieces for the front of NEBs bowling lanes are now finished. There are fifty-two lanes in all which makes for a lot of pieces! The details look superb!

The pieces for the bowling alley fronts are made up of a number of materials and building processes. The MultiCam plasma cutter got a good workout for this project with many hundreds of pieces cut from sheet stock. These were welded into larger assemblies which were then welded to square tubular steel frames. We screwed 3/4" plywood to much of the surface and then stapled expanded metal mesh to these areas. They all were covered in Fiberglass reinforced concrete and then hand sculpted to look like brick and plaster or wooden beams.

Detailed pieces like the number plates or carved 'wood' inserts were routed on our MultiCam. There were hundreds of these pieces. Everything was skillfully hand painted and then carefully aged with glazes. When the pieces are all joined together they will form more than 400 feet of wall!

In the next days we will fill the second semi trailer bound for Oshawa, Ontario. I can hardly wait to see it all together!