After having made my new settlers version 2.0 (https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2525047) I wanted to create a storage box for those tiles that would look a little less "industrial" than the fully 3d-printed one I allready made (https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1482713).
As we do have a great fablab in town (https://www.fablabs.io/labs/map) where you can use a lot of different tools, I decided to create a new box that can be made with a laser cutter and this is the result, with that I'm pretty happy with :-)
IMPORTANT: Before you start this project, make sure that you use materials (wood & acrylic-glass) with a thickness of 5 mm!
I used Inkscape (freeware) to make those models and to convert them to a format for the lasercutter. You can use this program to open the attached .svgz-files.
There are as well some 3d-printed parts that come along with the design. These are the parts you need to print:
1 x storage card holder
1 x storage card holder – badge (to be glued together with the storage card holder)
1 x set of storage player parts
1 x storage center part (single- or multicolored)
2 x storage core parts (one piece or two splitted ones)
For the lasercutter you need the following parts to cut / engrave with a material thickness of 5 mm:
1 x top plexiglass: Use acrylic-glass, cut the outer parts and do engrave the writing and the picture
1 x top-part: Cut the outer parts and engrave the flower-ornaments
1 x middle-part: Cut the outer- and inner-parts
2 x bottom-parts: Cut the outer- and inner-parts
Here's a short description how I assembled those parts :
- Sand all the parts after having them cutted with the laser-cutter
- Apply a layer of wood stain to all parts, except the sides with the flower-ornaments and the acrylic-glass of course and let everything dry
- Sand all the parts (not with to much pressure, just to make them smooth)
- Use glue to put all the parts together by applying the glue on the "outer-spikes" of each part. Make sure you enter the two 3d-printed parts (storage core) inside the wooden bottom-parts before closing them in with the front-pieces!
- Apply 3 layers of clear coat to all the wooden parts and let them dry
- For the top-part you need some extra 6 mm round wood. Cut 4 parts with a lenght of 1 cm. Then turn around the engraved acrylic-glass and place it on top of the wooden top-part. Then insert the round wood-parts in the four wholes by adding some glue.
Don't hesitate to ask me questions about how to build this box if the description should not be clear enough.
Big THX to Kurt who helped me build this project by teaching me how to use a laser cutter and how to generate the models. Fablab bern roules :-)
Create laser cutter files
I used Inkscape which is a great freeware for my models