It is hard to believe that it was only seven 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 - but I just knew it could do fantastic stuff.

Through extensive research I quickly found out that with the relative simplicity of EnRoute, CNC routers were capable of just about anything imaginable. This journal will chronicle that journey to date and continue each week with two or three entries as we continue to explore just what is possible with this wonderful software... -dan

Friday, April 2, 2010


Once the wrench was out of the clamps I gave it the once over with my air powered die grinder. I purposely added in a few dings and dents. We all use our wrenches for a hammer if we are stuck under a car and need a little force in a hurry. It's much quicker than climbing out and getting the proper tool. Then I used Coastal Enterprises heavy bodied primer and a small brush to add a little more texture to the piece.
The two coats of silver paint made it look pretty good... but I wasn't quite done yet. The wrench needed a little grime and dirt in the cracks and crevices to make it look like the rest of the tools in my toolbox.
The end result is a quick dimensional sign done in less than four hours from start to finish including machine time. I think it's a sign every gear head would love to hang in their shop and be the envy of all their friends. At least that's my hope...