I spent the last two days in meetings with engineers and planners working on the final plans for Skallywag Bay Adventure Park. The project is proceeding and will move from the concept stage through the detailed planning. Today’s talk was of the infrastructure and buildings which we will then apply our magic to – when they are done.
As we come into the home stretch on the urgent large project I am also full blast into the final designs for the next project due to start as soon as this one is done. The next will be a fun one with all kinds of full blast dimensional signs of course. Here’s a sneak peek at a few of the designs coming off the design table… As much fun as the current project is I do believe the next will be a teeny bit better yet – as it should be.
The Pelton water whee isn’t a project we routed, nor was it made of Precision board but I thought the readers of this bog might like to see how such a project goes together. The same engineering and figuring that go into this piece apply to many of our other (sometimes) complex projects. We had all of the pieces for the Pelton water wheel ready to go but no instructions how to put them together.
EnRoute is a powerful routing program without a doubt. I can create some pretty cool routing files using it but it is also handy for so much more. When I need to create a plan view of something to scale it is the CAD program I turn to.
Once the routing was done I glued and clamped all of the layers together using PB Bond 240 glue from Coastal Enterprises. It tends to squeeze out a little on the edges of the seams but that was no problem. I like to use an air powered die grinder to take off the glue and add a little random texture while I’m at it.
The pedal power sign is a good size and since I routed it with a 1/8″ ball nose bit with an 80% overlap the two sides took about eight hours each to do. The pieces were cut from 1.5″ thick 30 lb Precision Board. They turned out great! Tomorrow I’ll cut the three half inch thick inner layers and then we’ll be ready to start the final assembly. Stay tuned for more… -dan
Building the cut files for the Pedal Power sign was easy and quick once the vector files were complete. The sign faces were only three steps. First I created a flat relief.
We are pleased that two of our last year’s projects have been honoured in the Signs of the Times annual international sign competition. Each year they receive many hundreds of entries which compete in various categories. The Institute for the Study of Mechanical Marine life piece (documented here on the blog and completed last September) won first place in the Unusual Signs category. This sign was designed using EnRoute software