Project: Hidden Bookend World


(Drew Spriggs) #1

For the last few years, I’ve been making my wife overly complicated and time consuming Xmas presents. For this year, I have been inspired by this post and wanted to do something similar as she’s a huge book lover (being a teacher-librarian).

I’m going to try and make a library scene out of laser cut ply, then throw some angry pixies inside it for some backlighting. I have a rough idea of how it’s going to go in my head, but as always as I get started on design it’s likely to turn out significantly differently.

Starting this post as I am terrible with actually documenting the projects I am working on


(Drew Spriggs) #2

Where I got to today…not very far

Basic dimensions are 225x150x100 - around the same as most hardcover books, with the width of 3. I was kicking along nicely, then remembered that I hadn’t accounted for any of the laser kerf! From testing I did on the laser back in the day, I know it was around 0.15mm, so what I’ve done is allowed 0.2mm with a little nodule bit which protrudes an extra 0.1mm. This should give me a slight interference fit on the nodules, but reasonably loose everywhere else (assuming I get plywood which is 0.3mm - another story altogether. When I get some material to test and the laser is going again, I’ll do some more measuring to try and get this as accurate as possible as I had a bunch of issues with kerf when I was doing my ring boxes.


(Alex Wixted) #3

for you detailing, I would suggest doing a bunch of sketches before commiting to your 3d modelling. just knowing roughly what you’re planning will massively speed things up. Also collecting photos of alleyways/apartments externals for inspiration will also be a great help here.


(Drew Spriggs) #4

I’m doing a library, which I think will be a little easier.

I’m pretty much just going to make the library we’ve got at home, which is about the right proportions already thankfully


(Joshua Hogendorn) #5

Width will effect how well the mirror works so be careful going so wide :slight_smile:

Also if youre modelling the library it will be in you gotta model itself inside itself hahahahaha :smiley:


(Drew Spriggs) #6

I has a chair! I might add a few details in for etching, but it is the rough dimensions/size that I want it.

Managed to break Fusion repeatedly as I found it doesn’t like imported splines, but after redrawing them it worked ok