Snowfall Castle Wooden Sign #2: Custom Wood Sign, Rough CNC Done

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Blog entry by Scott posted 09-06-2014 01:00 PM 1691 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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

-- Lazy River Studio - Wooden Signs & Rustic Furniture by Scott -

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#1 posted 09-06-2014 04:03 PM

Very cool Scott. What was the day job?

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#2 posted 09-06-2014 04:32 PM

really looking good, i wish you the best with your new career, yea an upgrade in a new cnc would be a chunk of change…but if you get it and get it out of the way thn it will help you do a much better job, be more efficient… am looking forward to seeing this finished.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 09-07-2014 12:55 PM

Hi Bill. I was an owner / operator of a restaurant. I got burnt out and eventually hated it. I hired management so I would not have to operate anymore. I then took a job building furniture, reclaimed stuff. Quit that recently and am back on my own. :)

Grizzman… Ya, I would love to get a new machine, but I wont get another cheap one. Seems the decent ones start at 12K. Just don’t have that quite yet. :)

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