A rather neat design appeared on Thingiverse recently (http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:12707). By strategically cutting wood it is possible to make lots of thin strips in a lattice that can be used to actually fold the piece of wood in half. These guys are using it to create a notepad with a cover. I decided to cut a small test section just to demonstrate the principle while I look at the things I want to use it for.
Saturday, 5 November 2011
Friday, 4 November 2011
Thursday, 3 November 2011
Wednesday, 2 November 2011
This was the second shot at the spiral pattern, this time it was a lot simpler/quicker to draw in inkscape and convert across to a laser cutting pattern. It also looks better too as it uses spiral sections instead of circle sections. (svg here)
Tuesday, 1 November 2011
Monday, 31 October 2011
My final piece for Halloween is a cutlery candle stick. I really wanted a candlestick on the dining room and I hope you'll agree it set off the table well.
I headed off round the shops looking for something suitable and cheap, I found some forks and teaspoons in the pound shop and with a bit of creativity could see how to turn them into a candle stick. I laser cut 3 disks to hold the cutlery together, each with a hole just large enough for the handles. This tight fit keeps the whole structure pretty rigid, then some bending of metal to form shapes to hold the candles.