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

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Sign lettering

The sign lettering was routed in three pieces... the face, routed from 2" thick 30 lb Precision Board, the middle (which houses the structure) routed from 1" thick material, and the back which is routed from 3/4" thick material. The sign face was routed in two passes, the first as a rough pass with a 3/8" ball nose bit. The final pass was using a 1/8" ball nose.

I welded up the frame to fit inside, with the four legs sticking out of the back and then glued everything up.

A little bit of hand work on the edges and to clean up the glue lines and this piece will be ready for paint. Stay tuned...