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, August 29, 2011

Fantastic week!

On my return from the Sign Magic Workshop we increased our crew size to accomplish the task of building the upper area in the old pub. In only six day we completed the framework and skinned the roof in preparation for the application of decorative, faux slate roof. By the end of the week we will be ready to take down the temporary staging. Next week we will tackle the second fireplace.

In the past week I've also had the chance to create some new files in EnRoute and also fire up the MultiCam. The first of the new signs was routed and glued up in preparation for the hand work that was to follow. With the exception of the lettering the sign will be largely hand finished. The four layers of 1.5" thick 30 lb Precision Board were cutouts for the most part. This sign will be at eye level and needs to be able to withstand lots of handling.

With carefully planned cutout layers this sign will come together quickly. I'll be using the air powered die grinders to shape the Precision Board and then a little sculpting with Abracadabra Sculpt to add in some detail. This small version of the logo will hang inside at the end of the entry hallway. Another larger version for above the porch entry is also in the works. Stay tuned for pictures of the progress.