I’ve been on a clear acrylic kick these past few weeks.
Made some stacking trays that I mentioned in another post, issues with the kerf clearances but I’m learning. I do think I’m going to stop worrying so much about finger joints and work to master acrylic welding. Weird angles will be the hardest part, but I’m thinking I could embed very tiny engraved markers for alignment and then just use weld-on.
My son is obsessed with Minecraft and loves StampyLongHead (Stampy Cat) video streams, always wholesome. I designed him some coasters for his room. I left unengraved slivers between the boxes so the coloring would be easier. We colored them with Sharpie oil-markers. I need to find a better / faster way to do these. I feel like there has to be a more elegant way than drying and then scrubbing with a melamine sponge. I’ve tried leaving the masking on. Maybe I should just engrave deeper and flood fill.
Lutron Dimmers and Picos! I love these. I have way too many and the pedestals they sell are far too expensive. I designed these in fusion 360 and used the shaper origin plug-in to export the faces as svg, then finished them in illustrator along with subtle engravings that you don’t see unless you’re looking for them. I did nothing at all to account for kerf and they slip together a little loose, but when the weld-on gets here, I’ll give it a go and see.
All of this, of course, only possible after I finally built an appropriate space for us in the Office. I made a huge (12 feet by 8 feet) U desk from cedar 2x4 and Lowe’s butcher block top. The legs were a project as I wanted to have no visible joinery (domino, mortise and tenon, my first time). The tops were on sale. All in all I spent about $700 and many hours, but ended up with something I couldn’t buy for 3x as much. The goal was a large desk that spanned the whole room, but had no leg obstructions. Simply sanded and oiled and waxed a few times. All that’s missing is the two chairs arriving in a few weeks to complete our office / imaginarium / laboratory. I’m lucky the closet in this room is very large so I’ve decked it out with tons of shelves to hold all the materials and other things. I’m sure in a few weeks the desk top will be covered in fun projects.
Having the right space was worth all the weeks of evenings and weekends effort, really helps you fall in love with the GF.