DIARY: Setup and Signs

At the moment I'm still working on getting the workshop and office setup so worked on a few quick sign projects this week while also ordering a new computer and more finishing supplies, such as gold-leaf and various paints. I also setup a Twitter account @ceorfanworks and have a long term project on-the-go to replicate an antique mantelpiece which needs a lot of 3D modelling - so that will be ongoing for the next few weeks and if the client allows I'll post more about that in future. 

The quick projects this week were mostly signs that I'm making as gifts that are also allowing me to continue to test how the CNC cuts in different situations and try out a few finishing ideas. You can see below a simple house number which was v-carved, sealed, painted and then the face sanded to leave a clean edge on the numbers. The Wisteria Lane sign (for my desperate housewife sister...) used a combination of a flat-bottom cutter to clear out the space between the letters and a v-shaped tool to get the detail. It was sprayed with white paint then run through a belt sander to remove the paint off the top layer. Both these methods worked well and the CNC performed really well with really good accuracy when lining up the two cuts. 

The other fun project I am currently working on, is machining a facsimile of Abraham Lincoln's death mask. I'll write more about this when its complete but you can see it as a work in progress in the second image below. 

 A couple of simple signs - v-carved, painted and sanded. 

A couple of simple signs - v-carved, painted and sanded. 

 Abraham Lincoln's Death Mask - a work in progress.

Abraham Lincoln's Death Mask - a work in progress.