First, I cut out some acrylic the first couple days for a project that I love on Instructables, designed by Robives. Then I realized I didn’t have the right adhesive, so I delved through the forum and picked the adhesive that @smcgathyfay recommends:
That’s been sitting on the desk for a few days, so I decided to assemble today.
Rather than go to the hardware store for a dowel that isn’t acrylic, I stacked the little hole cutouts and glued them into dowels. Results: not incredible, but sort of functions.
This design was intended for wood, and several folks have had success with various acrylics. I think colored gears would provide interesting shapes and contrast. I’ll probably remake it in wood with dowels and enjoy smoother action.
Second thing I did: I looked up a box generator that was suggested here on the forums and made a box. I imported the generated pdf into Adobe Illustrator and drew a line for the lid to separate from the box.
Then, because my lid was flopping around, I added another piece on each side in the lid so it stays on.
There you have it. Simple easy work.
I learned a few things doing someone else’s design, and I think that’s a pretty good way to learn how to design for myself. Start with something that works, learn why it works, and go from there to develop my own stuff.