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.

Saturday, 30 June 2012

The beer's been flowing all week!

This last week was crazy busy! I mean stupid crazy, 80 hours in 5 days. We tired! But life goes on. The current project responsible for our tiredness is a run of bars and benches for Molson breweries. The company that called us was a little short on time. We worked with this company last year on the LG tradeshow booth. Normally we don't build a lot of cabinet stuff, but our Techno cnc doesn't care what it chewing through. The bars are 30" X 60" with rough hewn pine cladding on them. I think it's part of a mobile entertainment event that rides on a tractor trailer and the walls fold out to become a bar. Kinda neat!
There was miles of particle board to cut out with the Techno cnc. It's all 3/4" melamine for the most part.
I was smart enough to add as many rabbets into the sheets to speed up the assembly, as well as add strength to the joints.

The front of the bars spec'd the Molson logo to be pocketed into the front of the bar, in the rough pine. I thought it would look a little better if I added a wood-grain texture to the logo. I figured our Techno cnc was carving it all out, so it may as well be interesting. And as our machine is pretty fast, adding the texture didn't slow down the file run at all.
Jody was very busy getting the semi-transparent stain on all the boards. Because we never really did a "good clean-up" before we started, there was still all the off-cuts from the time machine job kicking around, as well as other projects all over the place. This made for the above cramped conditions! But we hung in there.
Theses are the benches that they kind of added 'last minute'. They'll get upholstered seat cushions from another company added to the tops. There's 8 of these in total.
These are pretty much the finished 'rustic' bar. I would've liked the leaf to have been a bit bigger, as well as being done in Molson red, like their bottles are, but this was the design.
We were almost like a GM assembly line during the assembly of all the parts! It's hard to tell from the photos, but the top of the bar has a 3/4" PVC tray that will house some moss. Part of the eco-green look the designers wanted. On the top of the tray sides are some 1" brushed aluminum stand-offs. The stand-offs hold up a thick slab of Acrylic. It will be pretty cool to have a clear bar top, with moss growing underneath!
They picked up the order at 5 pm on Thursday. I spent most of Friday getting a jump on the next order of these bars and benches that are due the end of this week coming. Tomorrow I have to cut a pile of camera brackets. These were spec'd as 3/4" maple plywood. I also have to cast the beer tap handles we made the mold for, and last but not least, I have to cut inlay'ed floor tiles with a logo for a school up north.
Looks like this week will be another repeat of last week.
I guess I'll sleep when I'm dead!


  1. Jamie, Jody. You guys are rockstars and all of the jobs you guys are getting are due to the quality of work you provide and the diligence you have. Great work as always.