How to make a art piece on your CNC for fun and Profit.
This is more of a general guide than a strict how to.
Step one Meeting with the clients (Ok they are my parents) we established several things.
About 6 feet long so it wouldn't hit the bookshelves.
Above the fireplace higher than what they have now so some art will have to be moved.
Wood was chosen because it fit with the house but the species changed 4 times.. From Spruce to Pine Glue lam beam to Cherry. Finally Red Oak Stair Treads were Selected and used..
This was a bit of a issue.. The Client wanted unfinished, but wood needs to be sealed to keep it from blowing is self apart during seasonal changes, so I used Semi Gloss Spray.. This should keep the peace.. But Finish can be used to hide all kinds of flaws. If a client doesn't want the wood finished to save money or time my advice fight them on it..
I would suggest is not discussing price until you have made a proof... it will give you a better idea of how much time and effort a large project will take. Never apologize for your price.. If they can't afford it you can't afford to make it..
Step 1: Pencil and Draw
Step Two it is time to break out the pencil and draw.. It is fast and easy for me it also gets some of the vapertastic ideas onto paper.
I would show about 3 to the customer.. More than three can confuse the issue. Another tip is show only the ones you like.. (why show a idea you don't want to do it if they pick it, it will just makes the project miserable)
Photo Mock up... This will give the client a good idea of what they are getting.
Informed Clients are Happy Clients. This is when you can talk price.
When taking photos for your proof use a yard stick (or a tape measure set to 3 feet) in the photo.
This is useful especially when your clients are 3000 miles away.
This will allow you to scale the photos and get a proper layout.
If you think you can read the numbers off the tape think again it is next to impossible so you end up counting little black pixels.
So setting your tape to 3' and then you can scale your photo to that..
(Celling tiles are 2' wide and doors are about 3' wide. Bricks and Cinderblocks are also standard size)