Sunday, 23 July 2017

Gluing curved surfaces

I wanted to make a curve lid for a classic pirate style treasure chest, I didn't really consider it before making and before I knew it I had stacked dozens of pieces of 6mm ply into a pile to give me the right shape. It doesn't leave a very nice edge though so I decided to skin it with a piece of flexible wood veneer. I started by gluing the veneer along one edge of the curve but I didn't have enough clamps to hold it in place across the whole surface. The solution is to vacuum seal the whole thing in a ziplock bag. It's a very simple process where I sucked the air out of the back once the curve had been glued and this provided suitable pressure to hold the veneer in place until the glue had dried. I use evo stick wood glue with resin that grips the material in about 5 minutes. After that point you can remove the item from the bag and it will dry properly over the next 24 hours. I didn't take any specific pictures of the lid but I'll have some images of the box soon. 

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Welsh Masters Item

I made another item for the Welsh Masters this year, this is their logo cut from 2mm mdf, there was another layer which went on top and brought out the details of the face but I've misplaced the photo.

Friday, 21 July 2017

Nespresso Pod Holder

While not completely my own build, a friend bought a wall mounted nespresso pod holder and was worried about the pods scratching the wall. I simply cut a sheet of polypropylene to go behind it which is lightweight, cheap and should prevent all scratching. 

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Character Shrine

I found a picture of my goblin character, that I engraved as a test piece, in the pile of scrap wood I was burning on the camp fire. I put it up in the tent and it became a mini shrine, in a self indulgent moment I decided to elaborate on the joke and made this whole mini shrine devoted to the character. It hasn't received any gifts yet but it was a fun little build.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

My Vale Runes

I ordered a large jailers key ring to hold my own set of runes and when it arrived I quickly realised that the hole wasn't large enough. This was a good excuse to cut my own set of runes from real wood instead of ply, this is 2mm oak. by converting the runes to a trapezium shape I was also able to achieve tessellation for a very efficient use of material. 

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Vale Runes

Like most LRP games Vale has a rune system, each rune forms part of an alphabet and also has an inverse rune. I created a set of runes which include the description but also have the inverse description on the rear. These runes are used to help focus the rituals for the game and invoking the right combination of runes is the difference between success and fail for a ritual. I put a simple string hole in these with the intention that whoever gets them can tie the ones they're currently using to their own kit.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Door strip

The strip between the wooden floor in the lounge and the tiled floor in the kitchen died, largely through old age and bad installation from the previous owners. When I tried to replace it I realised the problem of finding exactly the right profile for the gap. The closest thing I found took 3 days to arrive, cost a fortune and was totally wrong when it finally arrived. 
Stacking up a zillion pieces of 6mm laser ply is never fun but I actually whizzed through it in an hour because I squared them up against an angled piece of aluminium I had lying around. The whole thing was skinned with flexible 0.8mm Birch ply. In one evening I have exactly the right piece required to span the gap, nearly 2 months later it's holding up really well (a little grubby because I forgot to varnish it). I just need to lift it again now and finish it off properly.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

40th Anniversary Cake Topper

My parents had their 40th wedding anniversary and my sister asked me to make a cake topper for the cake she was making. 

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Wargaming bases

When I'm cutting things like the caverna building trays I have a lot of gaps left over which I could easily fit something small into. My wargaming friends suggested I create some bases for their models so I threw together a few different designs for them to try. There are planks, deck plates, cobbles and gratings I just need to get someone to paint them up now. (svg here)

Friday, 14 July 2017

6mm Animals

At the Newcastle maker faire this year I spoke to someone who was producing wooden shapes from 6mm mdf using a CNC router. The process was relatively slow, dusty and required a tiny end mill to get into all the gaps. I ran these shapes through the laser cutter to get a rough time estimate for him and he now owns a laser cutter. 

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Raspberry Pi Case

I showed a few revisions of my raspberry Pi case previously. The final design was based upon this two part flex box so that the case can be made from just two parts and assembled without any fixings. Ventilation holes were put in the top and the USB, network and SD card are all accessible. The lower bend radius is a little bit tight so you'll need to be careful if you put one together but once it is assembled it's actually very sturdy. (svg here)


Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Pyramid Display Case

This display case was a prop for a LRP event, the panels were made from clear perspex and engraved with various runes so that they would light up when the glass was edge lit. The base also has all the runes engraved onto it. There was some magic item to be placed inside the case so the sides all needed to fold down flat, this was achieved by threading some leather thong along the bottom edge of each panel. Hazel is included for scale :)

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Superman Logo

I made another superman logo for a cosplayer in the same style as this one. It's actually two layers of 6mm LD45 foam but it's a bit hard to tell from the photo.

Monday, 10 July 2017

Ring Mail

I bought a chainmail shirt from ebay for £26, it was a bargain, I couldn't even buy the rings to make a chainmail shirt for that amount. It fitted me perfectly and was manufactured moderately well (for £26 anyway). So clearly the next thing to do was to dismantle it and completely rebuild it into another shirt. More accurately I turned a chain mail shirt into a ring mail shirt which weighs just under half as much. The rings are only aluminium so it's pretty lightweight in both case but the last time I went to Vale LRP I ended up walking 60km so the lighter the better.

It took about 2 weeks to build in my spare moments and I can't wait to try it out this coming weekend. If I get any good pictures of me in kit I'll be sure to share them with you. (no lasers were harmed in any way during the making of this item)

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Bear and Hare Kit

I made this Bear and Hare kit for the Christmas craft faires, I can't seem to find it on the blog though. The characters are poseable but because the joints are friction fit if you move it around too much they do work loose. I was able to put the assembly drawing into the space on the kit as a line drawing which works nicely. The whole thing fits into an envelope so you can post them to friends.

The original shark kit is up in my etsy store and I'm still looking for someone to take away the big sharks for me.

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Judgy Jewellery

A silly facebook conversation led me to make this stunning piece of jewellery. It's just junk really but the best thing about the laser cutter is that I was able to draw this up, cut it out of scrap and post photos back into the conversation, all in just a few minutes.

Friday, 7 July 2017

Gaming Rulers

Another set of gaming rulers, these are plain and simple and customised with a symbol. I'm sure I could be more descriptive if I actually played war games but I just make what I'm asked for.