Test tube chemistry desk toy


I’m just getting up and running with my machine, and made this for a chemist friend’s upcoming birthday. It’s all proofgrade, and you could mix up the materials as you wish (but keep the middle layer of the holder thick). Next time I might use veneer for the outer layers and score the adhesive side to only expose where it needs to attach.

Test tubes: medium clear acrylic
Base: medium draftboard
Outer layers of holder: medium maple ply
Inner layer of holder: thick draftboard (mine measured at 0.22" with masking, so the base is designed for that measure)

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Week 1: Bring on the science!

What a cool thing! Test tubes and all! :grinning:


Awwwwww, how cute. Thanks for the design!


Genius! Thank you for sharing.


If you ever revisit the design you could make the base thicker. Then add a small hole with an LED under each test tube. Then the engravings could be lit up in different colors.


This is so unique and clever!


Nice job making it special to the recipient!


A good gift for the day chemists!