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.

Monday, 5 September 2011

Another early day!

Sort of. I was up at 8:30 and headed over to the shop. I didn't get all the stuff built yesterday, so I had to wrap that up today. Due to the dry times on our materials, it was very important that the texture coat got applied today. I didn't have enough glue to do the texture coat with, so when I was picking up my materials yesterday, I picked up an alternative to the glue we normally use. I couldn't find what I wanted in the quantity I needed, which is what led to the alternative choice. No harm in trying. This product is a bonding agent for adding new concrete to existing concrete. It is a PVA based product, so I new it would be fine. It came in a 3 gallon jug and was half the price of my normal stuff. I mixed up my batch of coating and sprayed it onto the display base. After letting it sit for 40 min. I started to trowel it around. For the table surface, I just globbed it on, and troweled it around. All said and done I was only at the shop for around 5 hrs today. Nice!

When we are all done with the painting, This piece will look like a giant mechanical joint with a deeply pitted metal patina. Complete with a build up of oily looking, greasy staining where the hinge would rotate. No rust though, sadly. I like rust!


On a side note, the castors on the base are just for moving it around the shop. It won't ship with the busted one in the picture!!!


  1. Is that all made out of MDF? What about the convex pieces? Are they just thin pieces of MDF?

  2. It is all MDF. The curved pieces are a product called 'wiggle wood' or 'flexi-ply' it's 3/8" thick and comes in 4X8 sheets. I have been able to bend it around as small as 8" with care. It's a bit like a wet noodle when your trying to cut it on the table saw though 8)