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, September 17, 2010


We finally got into the worksite again mid week after waiting for the ceiling fireproofing and the room in general to dry somewhat. Everything is super damp but suffered only a little water damage... at least nothing we can't fix in a hurry.  Paint is taking a long time to dry - even with our fans going full blast, meaning we have to skip around the room and not always do things in a logical order. The last of the texturing primer went on today and now we are on to color in a big way.

Yesterday was a day of testing colors, making sure everything worked together on a large scale. Sadly it wasn't working very well but after some 'meeting of the minds' and a spirited discussion we opted for a much brighter color scheme for the room, going away from the decorator's choice of taupe on the walls and ceiling and going back to my original concept of having the walls a blended blue instead. My daughter Rebecca worked her magic and came up with a pearlized color scheme that will go from a very light blue on the ceiling to a darker blue as it works down the walls. The indirect LED lighting just below the large pipes will now be blue instead of white creating an almost magical underwater feel. It is going to be incredible when it is done!

We did the first of the rust treatment on the big pipes. In the picture Rebecca is looking for the first hints of rust to form - just after we sprayed on the acid. The pipes looked ominously dark and still very black as we left but through experience we know by morning they will have formed a wonderful rust patina.  With the dampness in the room it may take a little longer than usual.

The blue base coats on the wainscoting is looking cool. On the upper walls we are doing super white base coats before we go on to blended blue pearl and the darker patinas on the edges. The ceiling will be 2' square T-bar ceiling but we will press our MultiCam into service once more to make large rivets for each corner of the tiles, transferring a little magic above too.

Tomorrow we will be back at it, working a little overtime as we strive to get the room finished before the beautiful cork floor goes in - only a week away!

Stay tuned!