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

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Pure fun - without breaking into a sweat

Today we did the last of the routed interior signs for the Fox and Hounds Pub. They were glued in readiness for the finishing in the next few days.

Once they were off the router it was time to kick the Lark Rise sign into gear. The horse's head was the first task. It was routed in four layers of 1.5" thick 30lb Precision Board. I then glued it up in readiness for some quick hand carving. If we were doing multiples it would have made sense to spend more time on the modeling and add more fine detail. But I would rather spend my time doing this work by hand - after allowing the machine to do the hard work - roughing things out. The horse's head is about 16" tall and 6" thick as a point of reference. Once I have flattened the bottom of the neck it will be fastened to the round base below.

Stay tuned...