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, 24 July 2015

Emily Trudeau Splash Pad!


Recently we were contacted to create a sign for the Town of  Tweed, more importantly, a sign for a new splash pad in the Town of Tweed. This new splash pad is being created in honor of  a little girl named Emily Trudeau, who is no longer with us all. I won't go into to much detail here, but you can certainly click her image above, and the link will take you to the article about the new project.

We were given a list of everything that could hopefully be incorporated into the sign, so it was a hard task deciding what works, what doesn't work, and what things to finally settle on. Sometimes, a blank canvass can be overwhelming!! We were also supplied a preferable color palette as well.

In the end, I decided on a few items, that seemed to all work together well, without the sign becoming a collection of "stuff". I didn't want anyone quickly seeing the sign, and have to try and figure out what it was.
Soccer was a big part of her life, she loved splash pads, butterflies, and carnations as well. And I really wanted the final piece to be fun! Something that if I saw it, would make me smile, and a smile is a pretty big gift to be able to give someone!

Hmmmmm.......... Now I gotta figure out how to build this thing ;)

Thursday, 23 July 2015


With all the components painted, it was on to upholstery! A sewing machine is not my most favorite piece of machinery, actually sewing is my least favorite activity that we do. Fortunately, we don't get to do it all that often! You can't actually see it clearly in the pictures, but we also added a magazine pouch, in-case they need it!

 All in all, it is quite a simple little set.
And this is approximately what the final comp will end up like. If it was lit properly, and the tarmac didn't have our screw cabinet sitting on it, I'd believe it was shot inside a plane!

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

De Plane Boss De Plane!!

The arm rests were the next job to be tackled! We're only making 3 in total, as any more would be completely out of frame. And if they actually need anymore seating than we built, they have the option of shooting plates, and assembling them in post-production.

Each arm-rest was comprised of 4 pcs of 1/2" MDF, laminated together.

Once the glue had dried, I ran a 1/2" radius cutter around all the edges, just to soften them a little.
 While I was setting up our Techno cnc for the rest of the seat parts, Jody vac-formed .060" PETG over all 3 arm rests. She did this so we could cut the tops off the pull, and use them as arm rest pads on the tops of the arms.
The seat bases were cut from 3/4" plywood, edge sanded and filled to be smooooth!
We're actually only making 2-half seats! One will have a seat cushion and 2 arms, and the one in front of that will have 1 arm, a seat back, and no seat cushion. For sure this must be an economy flight :)