I’ve got a lot of movies, and have them organized in a way that makes sense to me, but nobody else ever got my system. So, I went about making some category dividers for my movie shelf.
I used Cherry Plywood and Walnut Veneer.
I’d never tried the Proofgrade veneer, so I used this project as my guinea pig.
The original plan was to cut the veneer such that the letters were punched through, showing the cherry underneath for some nice, legible contrast. But I naively expected all of the little counter shapes in the As, Os, Ds, Rs, etc. to be easily re-stuck after I gathered them up, but I ran into a lot of problems with that plan. Since the veneer is so thin, it didn’t sit perfectly flat on the crumb tray, which wasn’t much of a problem, it was precise enough. I even went to the trouble to make sure the letters were cut first, before the outside shapes, but didn’t go to the additional trouble to ensure the counter shapes were cut out first, so after they fell through, the cuts didn’t work out well. Then a lot of them fell straight through the crumb tray, and I don’t think I recovered them all. It was also more difficult than I expected to peel and place them, and then because the pieces were so small, I wasn’t convinced the adhesive was gripping well enough. So, I threw all my veneer cuts away and tried a new approach.
I then decided to just engrave the veneer, which worked great, except the contrast was so low you could barely read the labels. So, I dug into my supplies and found some white paint that I used to fill in the engraved portions and it turned out great!
I realize not all of these are actual film genres (Superhero, Animation, Pixar), but they’re the best categories for my collection.