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

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Ribbit - part two

Today I used the plasma cutter to cut a fancy bracket plate for the Ribbit sign. Sone 1" x 2" square tubing goes from this plate into the middle layer of the sign. A 5/8" steel rod is welded to the top and bottom of this tubing and they protrude out the top to hold up the frog and through the bottom to weld onto a curved piece of tubing which acts as a reinforcement to make the bracket even stronger. One never knows when some tough guy might decide to do a chin up on the sign.

Once the glue had dried I welded up a 1/4" pencil rod armature for the frog sculpt.

Then I used some Abracadabra Sculpting epoxy to work up the rough shape of the frog. Tomorrow I'll do a second layer with all of the detailed work.