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Let Glue Dry Pop Up Card
Someone made a paper craft version of the “Let Glue Dry” block Laura Kampf uses in her shop awhile back. I immediately thought of making a pop up card version that could be stored flat. I did one with a simple block font but, later, made another version where I reproduced the hand lettering from a photo of Laura’s block.
I sent one of these to Laura back in March. I am going to assume that it’s okay to share these unless I hear otherwise.
Although I cut my cards on the laser, you could do this entirely by hand with a craft knife. You can even skip the white stickers. The letters could be cut from white paper and glued on. The letters could be colored in with an opaque white marker or paint.
There are two version of each design. The regular one has everything aligned in one image. That is, the score lines for the back show aligned where they should be on the front like a standard OA pattern. The jig-in-place version has the score lines for the reverse flipped for production on a sign or laser cutter.
I made my cards using the jig-in-place technique. In brief, I:
- Stuck the black stock down to an adhesive mat in the Glowforge.
- Disabled all operations except the score lines for the reverse side and the card outline.
- Ran those two operations.
- Flipped the card over in place, aligning it with the hole from which it was cut.
- Placed a strip of white polyester sticker over the face of the card where the white letter would be.
- Disabled the reverse scores and outline cut. Enabled the other operations
- Ran the operations.
- Removed the card and weeded the white polyester stickers.
- Folded the finished card!
I started to make a video of the jig-in-place technique but, it is not super clear on the black stock. I will likely do a video showing how this is done when I have another design on a lighter-colored stock to run.
Personalized Arrow of Light Shelf Plaque
A recent recipient of the Arrow of Light wanted a plaque + shelf to hang in his room for display. There didn’t seem to be anything easily available that fit the bill. So, despite limited experience with woodworking, I agreed to take a run at it.
I did a quick visualization in Fusion 360 but, patterned the parts in Inkscape.
The back is three layers of 1/4″ Baltic birch plywood glued together. The name and sunbeam design are cut through the top layer with additional details engraved in the corners. I put cut-outs in the back layer so the hardware can be inset and, allow for flush mounting against a wall.
The shelf and brackets are two layers of the same plywood, laminated with glue.
My original intent was to use countersunk screws to connect the bottom layer of the shelf to the plaque, then put the second shelf layer over that to create a good mechanical connection. With all of my countersink bits MIA, though, I ended up just using wood glue. A few quick tests suggest the ply will fail before the glue does.
I applied birch edge banding – my first experience with edge banding – to all of the exposed edges for a more consistent look.
This was shipped unfinished so that the recipient can stain it himself to match his room decor.
Color-Cycling Glowforge Logo Hex Panel
After a very successful Glowforge forum Regular community build of a pentagonal hexecontrahedron last year, we decided to do another community build this year. For this year’s project, we all contributed hexagonal panels intended for a reconfigurable wall art installation. My piece projects a color-cycling Glowforge logo through a layer of LED-translucent black acrylic. Here is a gallery of images with the colors in various states and, a video showing how I made it.
Quick Paper Towel Roll Holder
After one too many rounds of fumbling with a roll of paper towels while working at the resin 3D printer, I whipped out this quick paper towel roll holder. It’s a laser-cut strip of quarter-inch-thick acrylic, a three-quarter inch dowel I had on-hand and, a couple discs of MDF. It drops into the wire rack I am using as a 3D printing workstation. There are screw holes for mounting, if someone wanted to put it somewhere like under a cabinet.
Sandwich either side of each bend point in the acrylic between small pieces of MDF or plywood to constrain the bend to a straight line. Heat with a heat gun and, bend both ends 90 degrees in the same direction.
Cut the dowel to 11.5 inches. Sand a little, if desired. Glue the discs on the ends and, allow to dry.
The dowel goes through the tube of the paper towel roll, then drops in to the slots.
Here is a fast (and quiet) assembly video if you prefer to see it done:
It’s a quick and dirty design with many opportunities for improvement but, here is the design file, in case it is useful to anyone.
Celtic Key Pattern Embossed Velvet
With a new couch on the way last year, I came up with a plan to create some unique thematic throw pillows to go on it. In addition to one made from a fine wool Crawford clan tartan, I envisioned one of a forest green velvet embossed with one of my key pattern designs.
I figured that some combination of heat, pressure and a rigid die/stamp/form would give me what I wanted. I tracked down some (100% polyester upholstery) velvet, ordered samples and, made a test form on the laser from 1/8″ thick MDF. I cut a key square and, experimented using my old heat press.
After some experimenting (on purple velvet, while waiting on the green), I was able to find an approach that works. I set the pressure on the heat press by putting in a single sheet of 1/8″ MDF, tightening down until it touched the board, then adding another quarter turn. The range of pressure that works is pretty narrow. Too little pressure and the resulting design is faint. Too much pressure and, you emboss the edges of the form’s base, too.
The form goes on the bottom platen, facing up. The velvet goes on the form, facing down. I mist the back of the velvet lightly with a little water so there will be a little steam (but not enough to spot the fabric).
The optimal heat seems to be about 400º F for about 15 seconds.
I broke out my vintage Elna Supermatic sewing machine and, turned some of it into a pillow. I did several extra pieces. So, look for it in future projects.
There is a full video walk-through of making the forms and the embossing and, a separate video showing off the sewing machine and making the pillow.