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, July 15, 2011

Ready... aim...

With the router work done it was time for a little hand work to finish off the blunderbuss.  Because the display piece is within arm's reach  I had to make sure nothing would break off as it was handled. A steel armature for the Abracadabra Sculpt epoxy. I wanted to point the gun towards the window to ensure the best photographic angle for the display. This meant the flintlock mechanism would be on the left side of the gun. So we'll declare this "a left handed gun, custom crafted for the rich, great white hunter." An armature for the trigger and finger guard were also formed from 1/4" pencil rod.

The Abracadabra Sculpt was then formed over the steel rods, forming a 'bulletproof' sculpture. 

I also filleted the joints of the stand, making it appear to be one giant casting. Finally I formed a cradle making the stand appear to be custom made for this particular weapon.

Now we get down to paint...