Building Sign – The Athlete Recovery Center – Part 3: Painting

Well my job is done for awhile. I’ve designed and cut the sign. Now it’s Brians turn to work some magic in the paint shop. He’ll prep, prime and paint then assemble.

prime2 paint-black oval

Now it’s time for a little detail and adding the color.

closeup paint closeup paint 2

Great job Brian – Here are the signs ready to install. Stay tuned for the final install shots…

– Steve

Painted - all

Pearl River Saloon – CNC Phase

The CNC Stage is here – we have all of our files designed and they fit together (on the computer) and we’ve added the textures – we are ready to lay down our precision board HDU on the MultiCam 3000 CNC to start cutting.

Text on CNC

Text on CNC

We started with the letters for the sign first – these were the easiest cuts so we got them out of the way and right over to paint shop.

Dirt on CNC

Dirt on CNC

On to the heavy 3D cuts of the terrain below the tracks. we took a leap and decided to cut every part separately starting with the terrain, then railroad ties then the rails. this would allow us to build up the base for a realistic look and also give us the flexibitliy to paint the elements separately.

Railroad Ties

Railroad Ties

We’ve cut the ties and they’re looking really good.  The detail on this sign will be insane – and alot of fun to look at from up close. after some quick calculations we’ve realized the sign will be 32 feet long!

The Saloon Cut

So we have our terraine, our ties and our tracks we’ve cut all of the letters and it all fits together. So we’re done!  Oh wait – the trains….

Engine Screen Shot

I’ll back up a bit. we started here – I brought my 3D Source file into Enroute Pro – did some scaling magic on it and created my cut files.  Because we are working with 2″ Precision Board HDU  I had to slice it into 3 layers – per side! Yes thats right – each engine is 6 layers of 2″ foam.

Engine - First Layer Cut

Engine – First Layer Cut

We cut each layer seprately then during the assembly process glued them together.


So here is two of the slices -this is when it gets exciting. We’ll now cut the other side of the engine and piece it all together.


After several hours of sanding, cutting and assembly Brian has the two train engines ready for primer! Onto the Tender cars.

Tender Cars

The tender cars were pretty simple cuts made from two layers of 2″ HDU glued together. The tenders cars are key elements of the sign and will allow us to add some real nice details once we start painting.


Another fun little detail is the coal on the tender car. Here i’m hand carving the basic shape then Brian will add another layer of detail and off to the paint shop for Mark and Brian to work some magic.

Pearl River Saloon – Design Phase

OK here is a great creative sign project for our friends at The Pearl River Saloon.
Our challenge was design a sign that incorporated the “Saloon” feel with their beloved train theme. Their current sign is great but doesn’t give you that feel.  So we’re off to build a better sign.
The Saloon - Original Sign

The Saloon – Original Sign

Initial Sketch Presentation

Initial Sketch Presentation

The inital sketch had a few concepts for the client. A simple outdoor sign then some fun stuff to consider for inside.  They wanted alot more of the train feel on the outside so we worked on some sketches and came back to them with the pic below.
Sign Mockup

Sign Mockup

So it began to develop into a really cool sign. we decided to not only do the train tracks but add some trains and really blow it out. The client was happy and we’re excited to design this in 3D and get started!

The Eagles Rises

The Eagle Rises, May,2012                                      

This is a custom sign we created for Norwood Fire Dept. All the details are in the article above that was featured in Sign and Digital Graphics Magazine. If there is something specific you would like to know, just leave me a comment, I am never at a loss for words when it comes to discussing my work…!!!