Starting out on the 3 hour routing job.

With the quick rough pass complete, it's time for the 1/8" ball nose to carve some details.

Even though the machine does a lot of work, the details are still finalized by hand.

... when the concrete goes in the ground, it's like you just have one more page until you reach then end of a chapter in a good book... it's almost over, and when it comes to a close the next chapter will be right there staring you in the face... like today (but I get ahead of myself)

The sign panel of this learning project was a quick rout, and came off so close to being paint ready. Thanks to the excellent planning made possible by our favorite routing software (Enroute 4), I can plan the cuts down to the thousandths of a millimeter... and thanks to the MultiCam router, those cuts go exactly as planned...and that's what happened with this sign, the 'wood' background and textured numerals came out just as planned, and with a little hand work will be ready to glue together and  paint tomorrow.

We used a sturdy steel frame to support the sign panel even thought it's relatively small.

Once the panels fit together with the steel frame inside, the marine epoxy is applied and clamped overnight.

Now past the prime and paint stage the sign panel is exposed so you can see the color detail that will really shine when the sign is outside in natural light.

Properly aged with a new blend of paint wash, this experiment is coming together and yielding techniques that will become a part of our sign repertoire for years to come.

I love painting.

Talk radio in the background, apron on for protection and the winter wind held at bay by the windows- it was a great way to avoid a cold day last week.

Using latex paint allows multiple coats each day, and major progress compared to the 'days of old' with enamel paints (which we still use for some projects, but not as a rule).

The address panel turned out JUST as planned, and with a beautiful day today- and snow planned for tomorrow I set the base into the concrete after lunch at the customers house, and will deliver the complete sign next week.

The only problem is that I like this sign so much, I'd like to keep it!

(I already have a sample sign in the works)

At the customers residence, the post is set into the ground 40", with 180 pounds of concrete. Sure to be the nicest sign on the block!

The post is set will be ready to accept the easiest sign installation in Signs of Life history- next week. I'll try to record the installation on video. My goal is an install that takes less than one minute. We'll see!