Using EnRoute and a MultiCam we can do amazing things without a doubt. I know lots of people who can use other programs to build amazing sculptures virtually and then use the router to make the final piece. I’m just not that good with those advance programs or more correctly I am better at doing it for real with my hands. The fastest way to do those kinds of projects for me is the old fashioned way. I let the router do the hard stuff and then have fun with the rest.
I’ve shown how to make texture on our projects many times on this blog. What it possible is limited only by your imagination. When the texture runs all the way to the edge of your project it’s time to do a little hand work. In our shop we insist that the edges of our signs look as good as the front face
For those wishing to get up to speed using EnRoute, there is a workshop coming in California in a few weeks. I’ve attended similar workshops and found they are a great way to learn what this wonderful program is capable of. For those considering the program its a great way to try it as the EnRoute people will set you up with a demo version.
Once the pieces had all been routed it was time to the glue up. We used the routed slots in the center of the sign as a jig to tack up the steel frames, then pulled them out and did the final welding. Some steel eye bolts were also welded to the top of the frame. A 5/8″ steel bar was welded to the post side of the sign as well. The sign was hung from the matching eye bolts on the structural steel post
One of the signs that I have been looking forward to building is the one for the Railroad. It features Pike, the Gruffle engineer in the cab of his engine. The sign will be about 44″ tall nd will hang from a mast similar to the other signs. I started with a quick hand trace of the main sign elements
We are now three months (of eleven) into the Skallywag Bay Adventure Park project. The shop is full of projects on the go and out in the parking lot there are enough finished pieces to fill three forty foot shipping containers with enough pieces still left to begin loading two more containers. Forty-one pieces are finished.
Cookie’s tool set was a whole lot of fun to create. Since the last post on the project we’ve hand brushed three coats of base colors on (all acrylic house paints). Then the glazes went on the wood, starting with the lightest and working towards the darkest. After the piece is covered the glaze is gently wiped off leaving excess in the crevices and deeper portions of the texture.
The three pieces of the Pieces of 8 sign that were routed from 30lb Precision Board were laminated over a welded steel frame sandwiching the structure inside. The two protruding steel legs were then welded to the steel structure of the post. Once the glue had set (overnight) I used our air powered die grinder to quickly add some woodgrain texture to the sides of the sign. I then welded the sculpture of Tupper in the crow’s nest to the top