We got the Amnesty International job all wrapped up today. It was pretty straight forward so there were no surprises.
23 panels at 4'X8' eat up a lot of room, especially when they are all spaced out for painting. It was a serious maze in the shop today, I got trapped a few times on the way to the office, or outside. It sounds like I'm joking, but I'm serious! I got lost. These wall panels will deliver on Friday(thank God). We also got asked to assemble and paint 10 'art director' awards for a company in Toronto. This was a SUPER last minute job. I.E, we got the pieces yesterday at 3 pm and they need them back by noon tomorrow! It went pretty good considering they needed to be painted and clear-coated with an industrial automotive urethane, then set into resin. The clear-coat needs at least 24 hours to harden, so the timing was crucial for painting/ drying/ casting. We managed though. The awards had miniature busts of famous composers mounted to them. As they supplied the pieces, we didn't have an 'ideal' material choice, we had to use what we were given. These busts were cast in porcelain, so we had to cut them in half with a wet-saw tile cutter. What an adventure! Due to the size, I couldn't use any of the guards on the saw, so I basically got soaked from head to toe with water from the blade. Next time, no porcelain please!
When I lent my services to a collegue who was working on a film about 12 years ago, I was introduced to the world of cnc. I remember watching this huge machining centre milling out a slab of mdf and turning it into a fantastic set of gears. I knew that it would have taken me hours to achieve the same thing with traditional power tools. I decided then that I would invest in a cnc router for my own business Oxenham Design. At that time I could turn on a computer, but even to check email seemed like a crazy set of operations. I persevered and learned every piece of relevant software I could get my hands on. I am now fortunate enough to be using Vectric's ASPIRE software, and Techno cnc routers, which has helped us to create some amazing projects, both in part, or in full. I thought that this blog would be a great place to share "behind the scenes" adventures with the software, materials and equipment we use, as well as the projects we build.