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

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Mounting the signs to the tree

In a previous post I showed how I added the steel structure into the routed horse. Two 5/8" thick steel rods protruded out of the back. These would then be welded into the sculpted tree structure making for a very strong but almost invisible mount for the signs. Here's the concept drawing used to sell the idea to the client. It's a very quick sketch.

The first picture is from the front of the balloon adventure sign. The mounting rids are already welded to the steel structure of the tee but not yet trimmed. They protrude past the frame of the tree.

Here's a second shot of the same sign from the back after the rods were trimmed and the tree armature built and meshed.

The horse sign is also mounted in similar fashion with the two protruding rods welded securely to the tree framework.

Here's a shot of the entire tree (from the back side) with both signs mounted.

The hand sculpting on the tree and balloon will complete our work save for final paint. Stay tuned...