This wooden sign is about a third of the way through. About 8 hours invested. Luckily, my CNC power supply died just after finishing this. Might have to upgrade to a better CNC if business continues to grow.. that’s a cost I am NOT looking forward to! BTW, I just quit my day job and I’m pursuing my custom wood sign business / Lazy River Studio as my career now :) I spent the last couple years juggling way too much, day job, side work, working 100 hour weeks, spending time with family, etc. Taking a big step backward in hopes of making some strides next year.
Anyhow, here is the process. After I have my wood sign blank laminated, I CNC the major exterior profile of the sign. I don’t have router bits long enough to cut all the way through, so I cut half way down and then finish the cut with a manual router with straight bearing bit. I cut all the major recesses with my CNC. I then CNC cut some spare parts which are glued after the sign is removed from the CNC table. Gluing these individual pieces allows me to reach thickness of 4.5 inches without having to make the entire sign blank 4.5” thick. Saves a lot on time, material/money, and stress on the CNC / routers. So the pics look really rough. I used to get discouraged about how crappy my projects looked in the various progress stages. But now, I can see the end a little more clearly. I think this one will turn out really nice. This will definitely be in my portfolio.
Thanks for looking! Scott
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