Cooler than sliced Bread

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Re: Cooler than sliced Bread

Postby sawmiller » Sun Jun 06, 2010 10:15 pm

done today...
led lights from ebay china ...$3.40 for enough for 3 of these ( shipping included)
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Re: Cooler than sliced Bread

Postby MikeUSNRet » Fri Jun 11, 2010 7:16 am

These are fantastic and I'm intrigued for sure. Know that you are using Aspire to do these, but I currently don't have it nor is it in the budget so, doable using VCP?
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Re: Cooler than sliced Bread

Postby sawmiller » Fri Jun 11, 2010 10:38 am

yes
mine, the last one, could be done with vcp except for the top wood piece, that is rounded, you would have to make it flat.
not a big deal
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Re: Cooler than sliced Bread

Postby P.Passuello » Fri Jun 11, 2010 12:20 pm

Here's one I did recently.
It is interesting that 3D style engravings work on this type of work. I didn't realize this and have been sticking to line drawings. Will have to give it ago.

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Re: Cooler than sliced Bread

Postby MikeUSNRet » Fri Jun 11, 2010 8:46 pm

good results with .25 or .5 acrylic? want to get my feet wet in these but save a $ or 2 where possible before going to .75 or 1.0 stock.

These seem to be just as fun as litho's.
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Re: Cooler than sliced Bread

Postby rbrague » Fri Jun 11, 2010 9:50 pm

Hey neat signs-Are these run from battery or plug in? Where can A person get the lights/holders to use with the plastic?
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Re: Cooler than sliced Bread

Postby buck4 » Fri Jun 11, 2010 10:59 pm

Refer back to page one where I listed the material contacts I use, my total expense was approx $40.00 each.
I already sold two of the samples from page one...............Buck
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Re: Cooler than sliced Bread

Postby kzeyus » Fri Jun 11, 2010 11:34 pm

Peter, How was the clock face done?
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Re: Cooler than sliced Bread

Postby P.Passuello » Sat Jun 12, 2010 12:14 am

kzeyus wrote:Peter, How was the clock face done?


The Numbers and drawings were engraved into 4.5mm clear perspex. There is then a piece of 2mm thick white perspex put on the rear between the clock and the engraving. I machined down a piece I use for Lithophanes, this hides the clock mechanism and makes the hands stand out.

Here's a view from the back.

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Re: Cooler than sliced Bread

Postby MikeUSNRet » Sat Jun 12, 2010 2:57 am

Buck and Peter,

Thanks for sharing the info. You guys are awesome.

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Re: Cooler than sliced Bread

Postby Greolt » Sat Jun 12, 2010 3:35 am

Just another LED option for those who might not be in the USA

http://www.besthongkong.com/index.php?cPath=21_76

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Re: Cooler than sliced Bread

Postby P.Passuello » Sat Jun 12, 2010 4:10 am

Greolt wrote:Just another LED option for those who might not be in the USA

http://www.besthongkong.com/index.php?cPath=21_76

Greg


Thanks for the link Greg. They look like the same LED strips I used on mine but the retailer I bought them from in New Zealand has gone out of them. The strips I used already have a socket wired on them so are ready to plug straight into a 12 volt plug pack as you can see in the photo below. I don't know if the ones in the link have a plug but even so it is good to know I can get more if I want them.

leds.jpg


Here is the base I made for it. The LED strip just drops in and the socket goes through a hole in the base so it doesn't need to be removed to assemble. The top piece screws on top and it is assembled ready in seconds for the perspex. The perspex is nicely cushioned by the silicon strip casing.

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Here are a couple more I did. One for home at Christmas time ans one for a birthday present for a niece.
I will let you figure out which is which. :wink: :lol:

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Christmas.jpg


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Re: Cooler than sliced Bread

Postby Penman » Sat Jun 12, 2010 5:39 am

Hi Peter,

Thanks for posting your 2 samples. I think they are great and would like to have a go myself, so a few questions if you do not mind. Did you use 1" Acrylic Plexiglass as buck4 did or thinner? Looks about 8mm,and what exactly was it?
Were your designs V carved and if so to what depth?

I have wondered how or where the lights were placed for the effect, and thanks to your photo of your base it has become clear. If you do not mind providing the rest of the info I would love to try one and use your base design concept.

Thanking you in anticipation,

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Re: Cooler than sliced Bread

Postby P.Passuello » Sat Jun 12, 2010 6:12 am

Penman wrote:Hi Peter,

Thanks for posting your 2 samples. I think they are great and would like to have a go myself, so a few questions if you do not mind. Did you use 1" Acrylic Plexiglass as buck4 did or thinner? Looks about 8mm,and what exactly was it?
Were your designs V carved and if so to what depth?

I have wondered how or where the lights were placed for the effect, and thanks to your photo of your base it has become clear. If you do not mind providing the rest of the info I would love to try one and use your base design concept.

Thanking you in anticipation,

Roger.


Hi Roger,

All of the perspex is 4.5mm (3/16) thick and were VCarved to a maximum depth of 2mm. I would probably use 6mm, (1/4") if I had it but I wouldn't go any thinner.

I have attached the VCP files for the base top and bottom as well as a PDF file for each which I use to remind me the setup of the files 6 months down the track when I want to make another.

Hope it helps, and makes sense.

Cheers
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Re: Cooler than sliced Bread

Postby Penman » Sat Jun 12, 2010 7:15 am

Hi Peter,

many thanks for your prompt reply and gracious supply of crv files. I have not had a look at them yet but will download and do so. Can not wait to get to try this.

Once again, thanks for generosity.

Cheers and regards.

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