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 1, 2011

Heavy lifting is done!

Today the cut steel plates were finally ready and work could begin on the Black Forest sign once more.  I fired up the hydraulic bender and bent up the heavy 1.125" thick steel rod for the primary support on the bracket. The smaller curl is 1" solid steel. Kirsten gave me a hand steadying things while I welded everything securely in place. A temporary stand was also welded up to hold the sign securely while we work on it and for transport to the site. My good neighbor Gord came over to give us a hand as we wrestled it over to the lifting beam and hooked up the chain-fall. It went easier from that point as it did the heavy lifting with little effort.

Now that is able to be worked on all around progress will go much smoother and quickly too. The second knight needs only  helmet to be finished. There is a little more sculpting to finish and then we are on to paint at last.

Stay tuned...