Layered offset box

A pleasure. My name’s Knurl.


Maple

I wanted to make a new layered box concept I’d been thinking about, but knew that the indexing between layers was going to be essential to success. I’d experimented with using brass pins as structural/indexing tools so I thought this would be a good time to put that technique to use.

Quick notes:

The top and bottom are both engraved, here’s the bottom.


Maple, Brass rods

The interior has a shelf for the magnets, the top is held in orientation to continue the spiral of the sides.


Maple, Neodymium magnets, Brass rods

As a proof of concept it’s pretty successful. My next iteration would be at double the x and y size to make it a more useful piece, but for now I’m calling it a win.

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With a little variation in scaling from top to middle to bottom, this could be a pineapple box.

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oooh, I like it a lot. Do you make your designs use parametric settings, or do you have to adjust manually when you make it bigger? Excited to see how this looks in a bigger size.

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That is just gorgeous! It’s great to see an example of indexing, haven’t seen much of that. And I have a stack of those magnet cubes—you’re giving me ideas…

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What you did there, I see.

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Again you spur our creativity.

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Always interesting how you think though your projects! Always gorgeous end results.

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Beautiful. How are you cutting the brass rods, and getting them to just the right length? Or do you somehow rasp them down after mounting?

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I cut the rods using tin snips approximately to length. Get them into position. Cut them close using a dremel with a cutoff wheel. Sand them flush with standard sandpaper (340 grit in this case), then finish sanding the whole piece with 600 grit.

If you want to see my previous posts about using brass they are here:

And here:

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Thanks–I never would have thought that brass was soft enough to sand effectively. I will add this to the idea-hopper.

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It sands pretty easily, but it does take a little elbow grease. That’s why I used the dremel to cut it off nice and close… I didn’t want to sand longer than I had to. I’d say it took me about 1-2 mins to sand each face down flush on this piece, then a couple more mind with 600 grit to get it super smooth.

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Oh man, the internals of that are so satisfying :drooling_face:

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Man you should feel it in person. You put the top on and then twist it until the magnets snap it into place. It makes the coolest clicking noise as it locks down. Hard to show in the forum, but it’s really pleasing.

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This is a very interesting box.

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Your posts never disappoint! Very cool project!

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