In association with this post here (more on the presentation side) Here is the design side.
There are 3 parts: The main wooden boat, the acrylic inner boat and the cover.
General design procedure
I designed it in Autodesk Inventor, 3d modeling it and then following multiple steps to export, obtained 2d dxf that I edited in Inkscape. (I am working on a tutorial for Inventor to SVG)
In Inkscape, I separated, duplicated the pieces, and added the inlays and hexagonal detailing.
The Main Boat
Nothing special here, all pieces are simply cut at PG cut setup. Glued with wood glue and held in place during that phase with Tabbed Gluing Jig with a 1’ strap all around.
Acrylic Inner Boat
Again nothing special, but would need adjustment to the acrylic thickness ((About 1 mm smaller all around, maybe less) It is way too tight now. Glued with Cyanoacrylic Glue to ensure a watertight bottom joint. (I soo hate that stuff, I really don’t have the twist with it.)
Here I engraved the circles at Full Power; 1000 speed and 450 LPI with the design laying landscape. Took 2h20 and there was a lot of charring inside the circle, not a nice finish. So I improvised the inlay, cut it with the same file shape, which made it not exactly fit inside (not really clear what is happening) But with a lot of wood glue, and means to lay it flat so that the joint can be made, no one will be the wiser, hopefully.
The cutting went well here.
Changes to that could be made
- Adjust the acrylic to have a little more room.
- Better design the inlay
- Adjust the circle to better fit my tea holder (really more for me than anyone else)
- Could add cut and engraves on the sides. Since there is a clear acrylic inside, not much risk of spillage and could be interesting. But it may draw attention away from the top cover design.
- Have a thicker Cover for strength, but would need to shorten the acrylic boat height.