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.

Friday, 9 September 2011

Display table done

This was a busy week again. the beginning of the week was full of meetings and material ordering/pick-up. Our HDU came in on Thursday for Loopin' Louie. Woo-Hoo! I spent a whole day prepping cut files in Aspire for more display pieces for the L.A Toy Fair. These are just more display cases and shelving. Some of it we will finish and ship, and some of it we will build here and they'll get finished down there. The email in-box was full of new projects for this show, but sadly, due to deadlines/shop space and man power, we weren't able to take on every single piece. I hate saying no, but it's better than not delivering at all. On Monday we got the silver base coat on the cool display table, and then shoved it into the corner to dry for a couple of days. Wednesday saw the first of several coats of glaze get applied to it.

Due to MDF dust issues, We didn't put the final coats on until today.
I must say, This table is one of my favorite pieces so far. Michael Borthwick, an Art Director, and friend, that we work with on a regular basis designed this piece as a part of a larger display. We were fortunate enough to get to work on it. One of the great things about Michael is he gets material sizes, and quite often will design with that in mind. This piece was no exception.

Heres the finished table, ready to ship on Wednesday. The texured surface worked out quite nice I think. I took a close up of it as the pictures don't really do it justice.



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