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, 23 January 2012

The Institue sign is DONE!

The new shop space wasn't ready for us to start framing in the mezzanine for the new design studio yet. So my Dodge Caravan sits with more lumber in it than Lowe's. That's OK though. It gave me a chance to finish the Institute sign and get some painting done on the Lawyer sign as well.
The Ballast tank got it's finishing paint touches, and the eye was the final piece. I decided not to light the eye, as this would have required running power to 1 LED, and I though it would just get drowned out as we will be positioning a spotlight on it in the studio anyway. I did back-spray the eye lens with a dirty green, and put a piece of chrome mylar behind it to bounce the light back. From certain angles it works crazy good!

I look forward to seeing it hang in the new studio!
Tomorrow we will be framing for sure....................I hope.



  1. That looks crash hot (as we say here in Oz).

  2. John Christensen23 January 2012 at 20:16

    That is astounding!!!! I can't believe it. There is soooo much cool stuff to look at. Did you use gold leaf for the lettering?

    1. No, I use a system of buffing gold powder into almost dry gloss black paint. It's perfect and cheap for indoor applications and looks 99% like leaf. Thanks!

  3. John Christensen24 January 2012 at 05:53

    Do you have a name brand for the powder? I've been trying to find something like that for a while with the aluminum powder. I've called around to art shops and no luck. I guess I just don't know what I'm looking for.

  4. The name brand is Pearl Ex. Here is a link to the Currys art store I buy them locally at: