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

Monday, July 19, 2010

Submarine factory

The upright portions of the ribs are now all assembled and ready for paint. Six of the ten ribs are primed. These will be installed late next week and then I will take final measurements for the top, cross pieces. As with all of our large projects, the nautical room has taken over the shop and my thinking process. As I spread on the primer my mind is racing far ahead, planning details yet to be designed and fabricated. Today I ordered the rust paint from California and LED lighting from a company in Quebec. We'll be trying lots of new techniques and incorporate new ideas into this project. It will stretch us further than we've ever gone before.
We'll polish off the primer tomorrow and begin routing the wainscoting and table top. The oak trim and table top formica along with the giant pipes which run down both sides of the room will be ordered tomorrow.  In the morning I will also design the routing files for the hundreds of rivets which will 'hold the room together'.  Stay tuned...