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

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Damn the torpedoes - FULL SPEED AHEAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This morning when we walked in the rust was indeed on the large pipe overhead. It looked like real rust too- which is exactly what it was. The massive pipes looked like they had been around a long, long time - just as we intended.

We started in on the first of the pearl blue coats of paint - only to discover they didn't look very good on our white base. So we broke out the baby blue stuff instead and laid on two quick coats of base color before trying the glaze once more. It worked like a charm.

On the lower Rapid Texture wainscot panels a coat of pearl was put on over the blue base we had laid down yesterday. The texture danced in the light with the metal flake. It's going to be cool! Later in the day I started in on the first of two colors of glaze - a darker metal flake blue. It will be followed with a custom color we call plum crazy to showcase the texture to its greatest advantage.


Donna (who helps us out from time to time) got to climb a ladder and start in on the 'cast iron' beams and the second set of pipes. The project is starting to come together nicely...

Tomorrow while the building is nice and quiet we'll head back in for another blitz at the colors...