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, April 6, 2012

It's a BIGGY!

The sliced and diced sign needed to be put back together again when it was off the MultiCam. The first task was to thoroughly clean the Precision Board. Since the boards were so large the easiest way to accomplish the task was to use the pressure washer. It would also dampen the surfaces in preparation for the one part PB Bond 240 glue we would use to securely fasten them together. The one part glue is activated by a little moisture.

The sign was tall, and would barely fit out of the door upright. The heavy duty dolly was too tall to fit the sign underneath. The solution was to weld a special cradle that tipped the sign back a little. It would make gluing the large, heavy boards a little easier and also allow me to work on the bottom edge.

We glued up two layers initially and will add the next layers once things have set up nice and firm.

As a point of reference the ladder behind the sign is six feet tall. Stay tuned for the next steps.