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

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Primed rib!

The cut pieces of MDF came off the router far faster than I could hope to assemble them. In the end I just used my energy to feed the hungry MultiCam. I had to do up one piece however to satisfy my brain it would all go together as planned. Each rib (actually 1/4 rib) was made up from 8 pieces. They fit together perfectly as I knew they would. A little hand work with the die grinder added texture to the edged and rounded the outside corners to my satisfaction. Some paintable acrylic caulking rounded the inside corners in a hurry. Then I added a generous coat of Coastal Enterprises FSC-88-WB primer. The WB stands for water based. This primer is the consistency of heavy cream and when brushed with a small brush can leave random brush strokes for the perfect texture. When I add our 'rust paint' the end result will be 'cast iron ribs' that will look just right for our application.
Before I knew it I had a primed rib done to perfection! Stay tuned for progress on the next 19 pieces to come...