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 8, 2017

Hanging the 'banner' sign

I set the router into motion as we left the shop at quitting time. I went out twice to check in the evening and the file finished running about 11:00 pm. I was delighted with what I saw and found hardly wait until morning to put it together.

This morning I routed some slots in the corner to accept some 3/8" rod which will act as the rope which will 'hang' the sign from the corners. In actual fact the sign will be suspended from the two pieces of tubing which stick out of the back. The rest of the frame dropped into the routed slots in the middle. This makes the sign well able to handle anything it might be subjected to in the theme park environment. The back and front of the sign were then laminated together with the steel frame in the middle. 

We then lifted the sign into position and permanently welded it there. I was pleased with the result. We will now finish welding up the armature of the tree and get to the sculpting process. Stay tuned...