"Build Something Big"
This week our assignment was to "Build Something Big" from OSB. MDF, aluminum, foam, etc… To accomplish this we received training on using the Shopbot and the Waterjet.
I designed and built something big that I needed and would have space for; a bookshelf to place on my chest of drawers. The design for my bookshelf has arms extendextending an additional 5" to accomodate more books, magazines, or hanging jewellery.
I sketch a lot in my travels, and wanted to engrave some of them and include them in my design. I decided to place them as flaps to the main openings of the bookshelf. I used the laser cutting machine for the engraving process (see here >>).
I used material that I found to engrave my pieces. Most of them were 3/16" thick plywood. After engraving my first piece, I noticed that when held up to light, I could see through it... mesmerizing glimpses of light... it looked beautiful! My settings were:
Power - 75%, Speed - 25%
I engraved the following sketches:
- Arc de Triomphe, France
- Queens Royal College, Trinidad
- Mamallapuram, India
- NAPA, Trinidad
- In The End: Dance And Rejoice (Trinidad Carnival 2011)
- Abstract Architecture
After engraving them (each one took 50-60mins), I cut my pieces for my bookshelf the following day. That went smoothly, no surprises. I assembled the shelf, sand papered here and there, and returned to hinge my engraved sketches. Sadly I did not have the number of hinges I needed and resorted to one hinge per engraving. I will however get additional hinges and redo the hinges.
In illuminating the back of the bookshelf we put tracing paper to diffuse the light source. I liked the effect of it and decided to keep it as part of the design.
Possible future edits:
- Use ply sheets for bookshelf
- More consistency w.r.t. sizes of engravings
- Engrave on sheets of same thickness
- Use hidden hinges for engraved flaps
- Maybe have each "flap" over the entire opening of the shelf.
1. PDF of Bookshelf>>
2. CADD File of Bookshelf >>
3. Videos of Laser engraving >>
4. More photos of Bookshelf >>
5. Link to my sketches >>
John for always being there with a helping smile and a helping hand
Tom for that awesome cape and being right there when you need him for help
Sarah for the company during those long nights in the lab
Rob for being helpful too, and
My hand for continuing to produce great sketches.