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, January 3, 2012


This morning I brushed a coat of the thick Coastal Enterprises FSC-88 WB primer onto the piece. In some areas I used it to smooth things out, while in others the primer was used to add a little texture. As per their instructions I put a fan onto the piece and did something else while it dried.

Then I painted on two coats of a water based gold metallic paint (Modern Masters) He was looking pretty solid and rich looking at this point. This paint was also brushed on an allowed to dry thoroughly between coats. I made sure I painted well onto the areas that would be getting the next color. This meant I would only have to cut once, saving time.

Then I added the color to the border using a rich red metallic (also Modern Masters paint) I used the raised ridge as a cut line making the job easy and quick.

I have a fan on the piece now and it will stay there until this afternoon sometime. Then I'll start adding the glazes which will bring this piece alive in a few minutes. I'll be posting pictures and maybe even a movie of that process to show just how easy it is. Stay tuned...