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, May 9, 2017

Ribbit - part two

Today I used the plasma cutter to cut a fancy bracket plate for the Ribbit sign. Sone 1" x 2" square tubing goes from this plate into the middle layer of the sign. A 5/8" steel rod is welded to the top and bottom of this tubing and they protrude out the top to hold up the frog and through the bottom to weld onto a curved piece of tubing which acts as a reinforcement to make the bracket even stronger. One never knows when some tough guy might decide to do a chin up on the sign.

Once the glue had dried I welded up a 1/4" pencil rod armature for the frog sculpt.

Then I used some Abracadabra Sculpting epoxy to work up the rough shape of the frog. Tomorrow I'll do a second layer with all of the detailed work.