It is hard to believe that it was almost ten years ago I witnessed a CNC router in action for the very first time. I was fascinated with what I saw 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 and LOTS of hands-on practice I quickly found out that my MultiCam router was capable of just about anything imaginable.This journal will chronicle that journey to date and continue each week with two or three entries as I continue to explore just what is possible with this wonderful tool... -dan

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Giant crown molding

We are finally at a point in the project where I can begin work on the giant crown moldings that go around the living and dining room and up and over the big round windows. We wanted them to match the smaller crown molding that is to go on the kitchen cupboards.

I traced the end of the molding and then imported that into EnRoute which I then traced to create the vectors needed.  I had to decide how big to create the molding and how many layers of Precision Board we would use.

The smaller hall molding vectors were also created at the same time.

The sweep two rails command was a quick and easy way to create the profiles I needed. I created them as meshes which I then merged (highest) with a zero height relief.

Then I used the slice too to take away the zero height background.

The curved moldings were built much the same way.

The moldings were routed from 3" thick Precision Board . The big moldings were done in two layers while the smaller one will be done in one layer.

Here's a pic of the molding mocked up. It will get a little sanding before I glue everything together.

 The curved moldings get routed tomorrow.