Somewhere Under All Those Clamps is a Scramble

Most people would look at this and say "Well that's rediculous" or "Got enough clampls on that", but in fact the reason for this is that we use amazing expanding  polyurethane adhesives that are so strong, they will literally seperate the two surfaces to be glued if not excessivly clamped like this. Don't ask how I know this. If clamped properly what this glue and pressure create is a weather resistant bond that can not be broken. In short it takes a lot of clamps to make a long lasting weather tough handcrafted sign.

Most people would look at this and say "Well that's rediculous" or "Got enough clampls on that", but in fact the reason for this is that we use amazing expanding polyurethane adhesives that are so strong, they will literally seperate the two surfaces to be glued if not excessivly clamped like this. Don't ask how I know this. If clamped properly what this glue and pressure create is a weather resistant bond that can not be broken. In short it takes a lot of clamps to make a long lasting weather tough handcrafted sign.

Big Delivery

Our CNC router can carve a 4ft x 8ft sheet of material which is plenty big enough for most of the custom business signs we fabricate. As with the carved sign we are currently producing for Chatham Township Fire Department some signs can be considerably larger. We usually handle this by dividing the sign into manageable pieces as we have done with this project in which the Maltese cross and the CHATHAM TOWNSHIP wings are divided into separate pieces with the seams cleverly hidden by edges and borders. The Maltese Cross however was 54", too big for our machine to cut in 1 piece. Rather than have an unsightly seam, we purchased a 5ft x 10ft sheet of material and had an outside vendor with a larger machine cut a blank shape for us. By precisely positioning the blank and carving on one side of our machine then repositioning the sign and carving the other half we can seamlessly carve this oversized blank.

Our CNC router can carve a 4ft x 8ft sheet of material which is plenty big enough for most of the custom business signs we fabricate. As with the carved sign we are currently producing for Chatham Township Fire Department some signs can be considerably larger. We usually handle this by dividing the sign into manageable pieces as we have done with this project in which the Maltese cross and the CHATHAM TOWNSHIP wings are divided into separate pieces with the seams cleverly hidden by edges and borders. The Maltese Cross however was 54", too big for our machine to cut in 1 piece. Rather than have an unsightly seam, we purchased a 5ft x 10ft sheet of material and had an outside vendor with a larger machine cut a blank shape for us. By precisely positioning the blank and carving on one side of our machine then repositioning the sign and carving the other half we can seamlessly carve this oversized blank.

Details Details...

Our CNC router is a great tool but like every tool it has its limitations. Many shops might overlook  some of the imperfections left behind, like sawtooth, lines that should be strait but instead have a jagged or stepped appearance, shapes that are rounded rather than sharp or square because of the limitations of router bits and most common of all router lines, which are lines left behind as the router bit travels back and forth across the surface of the material. The only solution to these issues is time and an attention to detail. To eliminate these problems we write special programs and instructions designed to clean up these imperfections but ultimately nothing beats a good overall sanding to smooth out the rough spots. It takes time but it is all worth it in the end when your hand crafted sign looks every bit as good as it should.

Our CNC router is a great tool but like every tool it has its limitations. Many shops might overlook  some of the imperfections left behind, like sawtooth, lines that should be strait but instead have a jagged or stepped appearance, shapes that are rounded rather than sharp or square because of the limitations of router bits and most common of all router lines, which are lines left behind as the router bit travels back and forth across the surface of the material. The only solution to these issues is time and an attention to detail. To eliminate these problems we write special programs and instructions designed to clean up these imperfections but ultimately nothing beats a good overall sanding to smooth out the rough spots. It takes time but it is all worth it in the end when your hand crafted sign looks every bit as good as it should.