For my Subtraction final, I wanted to create something small and delicate. I am in need of a rest for my toothbrush, so I decided to make one using plywood and the CNC (pictures below).
I designed the toothbrush holder based on this empty toothbrush package.
I measured the wood and milled my piece. My piece looked great but was a little burnt along with my bit.
I then asked Ben what wood finish or waterproof seal I could add to my piece so that I could put my toothbrush on it. In addition, I wanted to make the piece heavier so I attempted to cut a metal sheet with the metal miter saw to glue to the bottom of my piece. Both were not good. Ben said that if I was making something to place on that I use with my mouth, I should use plastic or Delrin so that it is kept sanitary and waterproof. He also said to never cut a piece of metal that is larger than the jig on the metal miter saw and never to touch the metal because it can be very dangerous- I actually burned my finger.
So, I bought Delrin but the piece I bought was not big enough for my toothbrush rest- and the larger piece was much more expensive. Thus I decided to make a jewelry box out of the beautiful Canary wood I had bought from Jim’s box of surprise exotic wood. I modeled the box and measured the dimensions of my wood. When I went to drill the screws, I noticed that my wood was splitting. Thankfully, Ben was there and he told me that I need to drill a larger hole for the screw to fit in, and then drill the screw with the wood into the CNC bed. I did this, and it worked. I then started to mill. I noticed when I initially drilled the screws into my wood that once the CNC was done with my pocket and up to my contour, I would have to pause the machine and unscrew the screw or else it would interfere with my milling and potentially break my bit. I waited and did just this.
For the second half of my box, I realized that I did not have room to screw down any screws on my piece of wood without breaking the bit. I could have put strong double-sided tape underneath but that seemed too risky. I also was unable to clamp the wood down as that would have also interfered with the bit. In retrospect, I could have cut the piece of scrap from the first piece off of this piece and transfer it to TheOtherMill, but instead I used the miter saw and wood sander to shape the piece as much as I could to match the second piece- which was obviously not a perfect fit or solution. However, I worked with it.
I wanted to create a sliding box cover, but wasn’t sure how to do so. Asha was there, and suggested I drill a hole into the corner and put in a small dowel. Because of the assignment where we had to create a mallet, I learned that dowels can really help push wood pieces together. So I tried doing this and it was successful! The wood is a bit warped as well so it does not look perfectly aligned as a box, but it is definitely functional as a cool jewelry box. I then put it on the wax lathe for a nice smooth finish- although the Canary wood has its own soft finish as well. To add more character I found some felt in the soft lab and glued it to the bottom of the box so that the wood would not rub against the furniture it is on (which is apparent on the bottom of most jewelry boxes).