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

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Shop day!

The pace is hectic as we try to keep the shop running and progress in motion at the work site. I look forward to a 'day off' at the shop one or two times each week. The MultiCam has been kept humming and the unpainted work is starting to stack up. Tomorrow we'll do our best to try and get a handle on that part of the job in preparation for the pub washroom which is ready to put into operation shortly. The mirror frames were adjusted slightly when we did a show and tell last week. it was decided the crown would be moved down into the frame for the center mirrors and eliminated for the mirrors on each side. It was a simple matter of cutting off the crown on the one I had done as a sample, and then modify the file to lower the crown for the center ones. The balance of the mirrors were routed without the crowns. I'll route the last two mirrors tomorrow.

Tonight I glued the two halves of the frames together in preparation for finishing tomorrow. I used Coastal Enterprises PB Bond-240. Its a one part glue that is activated with a little spritz of water. I find the joints ate virtually invisible and with the application of paint, totally gone with little work.

Stay tuned until tomorrow for a peek at the many signs as they come to life in color...