Enclosures

I went to “The container Store” and fell in love with the place, wanted to buy everything in the shop… It reminds me of Ikea but Ikea is more furniture driven where as this one is about containers…

I liked these bamboo shelves that can be put together. Neat and easy to make a laser cut Acrylic cover. So next stop was at Canal Plastics, I got black, white and mirror see-through Acrylic. For this project the cover is just a test done on the laser but not the final cut because I am still trying to figure out my final circuit for Pcomp.

This time, unlike the previous lamp project I had to do two trials instead of 4-5. It is getting better. and one of the trials was wrong because I miscalculated between inches and millimeters…

The openings lasered on the cover are not final, It was just a tentative test to see how it will look like. Eventually I think I will go for a white Acrylic sheet and try to spray the wood in white. If it’s spray-able with a neat finishing: Something I will have to inquire about in class: how to do a presentable finishing.

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Lamp – lazer printer

So for this project I choose to a do a lamp, as I loved the reference on the site, lighting up Acrylic cuts.
However I choose to work with typography. Inspired by Magritte’s “Ceci n’est pas une pipe” art, I had decided to do Ceci n’est pas une lampe; “this is not a lamp”.

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I had to go through different trials (4) in order to get finally 2 clean cuts. The printer wasn’t cutting properly the typo. So I had to put down the speed to 9 and 10 to get a proper cutting.

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Later I wanted to create a small stand from wood to make it stand and put the light underneath it.
cut some wood and decided to put screws  the acrylic on the wood to hold it.

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than i glued the sides:

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and finally added my led string:

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Wood Multiples

Candle holder

Sunday 7,11. was a long day at the shop of ITP… It took some time to do the candle holder.

So this is how it started:

Initially I started the project wanting to do Dominoes, which I think at some point I really want to make that box, got scared that doing the sliding Domino box would be too complicated to do for the first time experimenting with the machines… So I moved to something simpler, and i thought of  nice rounded coasters with a cool simple holder (better then a sliding box):

I started sketching on the coasters was convinced of the project. But when I started with the execution I started to face different difficulties:

-First one was linked to the cut of wood I bought:
I went to Prince Lumber on the 47th st. which is near where I live and I loved the place.
I bought long cuts of wood with almost a 2″ thickness… I thought at the shop there is a way to slice the thickness of the piece we got…
But I guess not, it’s too complicated.
So I went back to buy some more sheets of wood that are thin initially, chose to buy plywood0.5″ thickness, and another a bit thicker 1″ so I wouldn’t regret again.

-Second one was linked to the rounded shape:
I thought the rounded shape can be simply done with the press drilling machine. But no… it need the big the router, after checking the great tutorials videos
of my professor Ben Light, I also figured that doing circles for the first time won’t be easy, and that also I won’t get to use the big machines which was somehow
the purpose of this assignment.
So I finally decided to do candle holders. I was thinking of a shape that could be playful when put together (because they are multiples)
and I thought of the amazing honeycomb structure, a very famous structure in this universe. Polygons more precisely hexagons!

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I searched and found some references:

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But as I was afraid the structure would fail, I also decide to do in parallel  squarish candle light holders.

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I proceeded with the project:

Sketches:

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I was able to cut the squarish holder good enough (like instructed in class) one blog of wood (using a stop to measure the length needed each time, instead of putting measurements for each square).

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Then I made a different squarish size for the honeycombs, but had to add measurements to know exactly how to cut the angle needed:
When I used the big machines for the angles it worked at first but then I had to move to the other one because the pieces are small they can’t be held to cut.

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Finally I ruined some, but was also to pull out the honeycombs in a fair condition:

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Eventually we reached the phase in which we need to drill a hole for the candle… At the shop the tool is non-existent. So posting will continue tonight
as I will get the size I need and go back to do the holes and finish my holders. (to be continued tonight)

Monday 8, 11.

So I got the Spade Bits:

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Great we have the holes! yes but… not yet cause the spade bit was 1.5 ” exactly the size of the candle, so it didn’t fit in the hole it needed bit more 1 or 2 millimeter, and the bigger spade was 2″ too big, I couldn’t find a 1 3/4″ spade bit don’t know if it exist. So I had to sand the inside with the dremel for 3 hours…. that was long.
But eventually it worked.

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Now remains the painting and the finishing. Trying to figure out how. (to be continue with a final picture tonight).