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Fab 6 : MultiStand — October 25, 2015

Fab 6 : MultiStand

My inspiration for this week was literally staring me in my face. I walked into my friends apartment and found 6 guitars lying around – 3 of them near the kitchen. So it was time to learn how to make a guitar stand.Img1.jpg

I found this one DIY I liked a lot and decided to try it out for my need. I wanted it hold 3 guitars and I wanted to carry it in a subway.

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Material needed

* 20ft of 2x3 (whitewood stud) * 6ft of Rubber pipe insulation * Screws, jigs * Awesome shop staff

I started with making the bottom first. Most of it was done just using the pocket screw jig and making the 90 degree angles.





Once, I started working on the back, it was all about the clamping. C clamps, 90 degree clams, shop staff clamps.








Once the frame was done, I needed two pieces with 45 degree cuts to create a crossbar to the frame. So once I got that cut, it was clamping time again.



After checking that a guitar would actually sit on it, I cut out the curves for the neck using the scroll saw and hand held scroll saw.



And after some staining near the slop sink and rubber insulation – it’s time to take it home!





Fab 5 :Wire and Thread — October 18, 2015

Fab 5 :Wire and Thread

Wire and thread. Who knew? When we were told to use two materials apart from ply and acrylic, my immediate thought was paper and metal sheets. But of course, when I went to buy that, I saw wire and forgot about the sheets.

Now that I had my wire and thread, I decided to make an organiser for small stationery ( paper clips and such ). Initially, I meant use thread just for the look of it, but it turned out to be the only thing that held my wire frames in place.Img1Img2

Then I made my jig to test this out and that worked well. But once I made my first piece for the organizer, I couldn’t help but think that it looked like people upside-down.



So I went on another tangent and so here is what I have now!


Fab 4 : Enclosures — October 10, 2015

Fab 4 : Enclosures

This week the aim was to make an enclosure. I have been working on a 3D model sensor using capacitive sensing and decided to make an enclosure for the same.

Below is the prototype I had made previously.


The idea was to have the brass plates which act as the sensors on the top and drill holes to have the circuitry at the bottom.

I wanted the completed model to hold a 100 sensors – a 10×10 board. When I prototyped on MDF, I saw that the etching worked out pretty clean and the plates were well insulated from each other. So the plan was to make the final model out of MDF too.


The original 2 MDF boards were 24×24 inches. I cut one down into 4 equal parts and laser etched 25 + 1 squares on each of them. (Settings on the 50W cutter – 50/100 ; ran over 4/5 times )


Next I made stand offs out of MDF for them so as to make them stand on top of the other MDF board. While this worked fine initially, as I started drilling into them, they tore apart pretty quick.


So I replaced them with 2 inch stand offs of 2×4 plywod and this worked well.


After putting it all together, I put foam in the gaps ( This will hopefully be replaced with acrylic soon ) and the enclosure was complete!


Fab 3 : Laser Lamp — October 4, 2015

Fab 3 : Laser Lamp

On being introduced to the laser cutter, we were all wound up with so many ideas, it was difficult to decide what to do. So continuing my obsession with lamps, I tried to make a detachable candle stand.

First I took the design off an old drawing of mine.


Then after vectorising it, the next step was to experiment with the laser cutter. I ran a test design through the  1/8 inch MDF I had for this. I used the setting 15/100/5000 and had to run it through twice to get a clean cut.


There were flames present while cutting on the laser, but they were always immediately put out.

The interesting lesson I learnt was to NEVER use the setting without testing. I ran the same design 2 days later with the same settings and ended up with the below. The laser was simply not as strong as before.

I ran it through three times this time to make the remaining pieces.


Once they were all cut, I sanded some corners to get a clean fit and put it together.

Fab 2 : Multiplication with dice — September 27, 2015

Fab 2 : Multiplication with dice

We were told to make multiples of something and so I started off with making dice!
I don’t know why I wanted small ones, but I did ( a bad idea in retrospect ) – but here’s the wood I started off with.


First I rounded the edges of the wood using the router on the table.

Then I cut these into small cubes using the miter saw.
The next step was to create a jig/stencil to help drill holes into the dice consistently.
I made 2 stencils – one with the number 5 on it. This was used for the numbers 1-5. And another just for the number 6.
I clamped them down to a vice with the dice below the jig and drilled into the dice.



I still had to round the remaining edges and decided to do it using the router table. However, after setup, it was pointed out to me that the dice were too small to use on the router table and that sanding the edges would be a better option.
It worked out pretty well!


The last step was to paint the dice and make them pretty!Img7

FAB 1 : Building a Flashlight — September 20, 2015

FAB 1 : Building a Flashlight

Below was the first sketch that I made to create a torch. The main aim of me making this was to use the scroll saw and the drill press ( and the drill )

Below are the first materials I started of with ( thanks to the junk shelf )

After cutting the small rectangular pieces using the scroll saw, I tried to drill the holes for the walls of the torch using a drill press. Although I learnt how to use the drill press in the process, it didn’t seem to be the right tool for the job. So I switched to using the drill for this.

I found more acrylic sheets in the junk shelf and decided to use that as a refractive material for the torch. I used hot glue to put it together with the sides cut out of the wood. It was glued such that the battery holder was still visible, in case the batteries had to be changed.

The circuit to light up the torch was glued to a sheet at the bottom.

After putting the battery holder in, the torch was complete!

And some finishing touches.. and here!