Week 6 Project Of The Week

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Week 6 Project Of The Week

Postby dwilli9013 » Thu Feb 15, 2018 9:39 pm

Well another edgelit for the Week 6 Project of the week series.
This one was done for a friend that will gift it to another friend who will hang it over their bar in their cabin up north.
Couple of new techniques on this one that turned out quite favorably.
Material for Frame front half. Cherry 18" x 8" x .75" thick. Back half of frame Aspen panel same dimensions as front.
Panel .25" acrylic 16.5" x 6.5"
Panel etching was done with a custom made brass bodied 120° diamond drag bit custom made for me to test by a good friend. It performed flawlessly as have all of the custom tools I've run through the paces for this friend. This time I actually went with the cross hatch in the quick engrave setup screen as I wanted to catch a bit more detail on the 2 snowmobiles. This added a bit more time but was worth it for the outcome.
The frame halves were cut out of 2 solid pieces of material. All pocketing for the Leds and the Panel were done on the front half of the Cherry blank. Usual bit 1.4" endmill & 1/8" endmill.
The two halves were then screwed together with wood screws top and bottom rails minus the electronics at this stage.
The whole frame was then finish sanded and stained with Bright Cherry Minwax stain. This was done to match the 2 different materials. Frame was then Sprayed with 3 coats of rattle can Laquer. This did produce an unwanted effect on the aspen panel. It raised the grain a bit around the edges.
I then hand routed to keyholes on the backside for hanging purposes. The frame halves were then broke down for final assembly of the LED's and panel. This time I ran the cord exit full right and slotted the front half of the panel for the wires only. I cut down the wires so only the plug was exposed and avoided the black & red wires showing on the final product.
Very pleased for my first run at a fully enclosed edgelit.
Things I learned on this project.
1 Never believe your perspective material is what you think it is before you cut it as the original plan was to cut down some Red Oak door panels that I had bought for a really good price. Hint when it seems too good to be true it probably isn't. When I cut the first edge on the raised door panel bummer it was veneered with a very powdery MDF inside.
2. The gentleman that has chosen me to test some of his tool designs is an extremely talented man that I am very indebted to for allowing me the privilege.
3. Aspen does not finish well without the proper sealer applied (raised grain & Splotchy)
4 Don't turn down a job just because it is something you have never done. Who knows you may learn some new things. I know I did.
5. I STILL HAVE A TON TO LEARN.
Peace out and thanks for looking.
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Re: Week 6 Project Of The Week

Postby dah79 » Fri Feb 16, 2018 2:03 pm

Great job Dwayne!
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Re: Week 6 Project Of The Week

Postby tonydude919 » Fri Feb 16, 2018 3:01 pm

Great outcome, I like the idea.

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Re: Week 6 Project Of The Week

Postby ThatGuyJosh » Sun Feb 18, 2018 6:57 am

That’s cool! Is it an led strip or individual leds? And do you just project it through one edge or are there multiple points of illumination?

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Re: Week 6 Project Of The Week

Postby dwilli9013 » Sun Feb 18, 2018 11:47 pm

Thank everyone for the kind words.

Josh,
I use strip Leds and do all my internals myself. saves me a ton of money. This particular panel Is lit from the bottom only.
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Re: Week 6 Project Of The Week

Postby highpockets » Mon Feb 19, 2018 3:28 am

Great job Dwayne.

Thanks for sharing....
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