As much as I really like the covers that @ajvince makes (check out his Etsy store), I needed to go quick and low-cost for my initial dust cover since I have a lot of dust floating around from the Xcarve. So I made a dust cover for $0.94. Yes, less than a buck.
- Vinyl shower curtain liner (lightweight) from Walmart, approx 71" ($0.94)
- Duct Tape
- Tape measure
- Sharpie marker
- Cutout design PDF:
Glowforge_cover_template.pdf (63.1 KB)
- Mark out the solid red cutlines from the template onto the shower with a sharpie (carefully, not to puncture the thin material)
- Cut out - including the four 1"-long diagonal cuts at each corner
- Duct tape the edges, fold each panel up about 1" to give it some weight and strength
- Using a square table or coffee table as a guide, and following the dashed lines in the template, duct tape the corners together. There’s some overlap so it’s a little easier. Although I messed up one of the corners, shown prominently in the picture above.
- Proudly place your cheap-looking yet surprisingly effective dust cover onto the expensive laser doohickey.
It ain’t pretty. It ain’t sturdy. But it’s functional and inexpensive and fast to create, and will (hopefully) last until I’m ready to either stitch one together myself, or (more likely) when I visit @ajvince’s Etsy store for a far nicer one. But this works for now.