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

Sunday, August 25, 2013

All done - except for...

With the sculpting now all done it was down to paint and small details. It wouldn't take long. I spent about an hour putting on the rest of the base coats on the rocks. Then it was down to the final glazes. I did the dock first as it was very manageable with areas separated by the barnacles. The submarine, however, had to be done in one go as join lines would be visible afterwards if I stopped. It took about twenty minutes to polish off the submarine, quickly slopping on the glaze and then carefully wiping it off and keeping a wet line for the next area.

The submarine is now permanently glued into place, leaving some small bits to paint like the chains and hoists. The top wires will be positioned and fed through the dock to look like supply hoses. With that the piece will be done. It should't take longer than half an hour to wrap this project up. 

Stay tuned...