365 laser cut items in 365 days. I provide the files so you can make your own copies and if you don't have access to a laser then I sell most items too.
Missing an svg file for an item? Have a suggestion for something? msraynsford+website@gmail.com

Monday, 29 June 2015

Signs and Premises

Just Add Sharks moved a few weeks ago, we are no longer in with Kitronik and we now have our very own unit in the wholesale market in Nottingham. It's great to have our own space to work from, we've already filled it with laser cutters and I'm now beginning to fill it with laser cut thing too. You're all welcome to visit us at any point just drop us a line first to make sure we're in.


Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Baymax Birthday Cake

It's not only laser cut stuff that gets made in our house, although you'd be forgiven for thinking that. Eli turned 5 this week (where does the time go) and he wanted a Big Hero 6 cake so I knocked up this Baymax head and shoulders. It's all cake based and then iced with ready roll icing (sugar paste), internally I used Cake Frame, left over from my Fraggle Rock adventures, this just holds the head in place. My first attempt at real baking and the Madeira cake was super easy to make and very tasty. 

Friday, 19 June 2015

Project #6: Minecraft coffee table complete

The Minecraft coffee table is now up and visible. There are lots of pictures and a detailed description of the build process available over on the Kitronik Blog. This project idea lingered for a good 12 months and having the support and backing of Kitronik really made it possible to put it together in super fast time. Go check it out now

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Carcassonne Coasters

This drinks coaster is made up of 4 Carcassonne tiles, they've all been cut as one tile and then varnished (to provide some drink resistance). I accidentally recut the edge when I flipped the tile over so there are excessive burn marks around the front. I'll be making these up as a set of 6 (each coaster different) if anyone is interested drop me a line, customer interest tends to get things made faster :)

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

LED Clock

I wanted an LED clock for the garage so I ended up making one. I bought a kit from China, it went together easily although there is a little gotcha with one of the LED segments going in upside down. It was a little bit bright and hard to see the red segments against the unlit segments but that was easily fixed with a layer of masking tape over the front. Goes well in the garage.

Winged Heart Remake

I very long time ago I made this winged heart using stacked veneers (can't believe it was 2.5 years ago). It's been to most maker faires with me and it's received a lot of love but I was finally asked to remake it at the recent Halifax Mini Maker Faire. With all remakes I took the opportunity to make some improvement, most of the feathers are now stuck on the backboard which made it easier to assemble and the heart is now made flat because the stacked veneers were too awkward last time. I'm also sharing the files this time around. (svg here)

Saturday, 6 June 2015

Linbin System

There are laser cut linbin files available online already so this wouldn't be much of a post if I'd just made some of those. This is a modular stackable/rackable linbin system. Contained in the files is a series of parts for making linbins, you can add 5 middles and put a cap on either end to make a really long or wide linbin or any combination you want. Oh yeah, it also has a living hinge to make up the front lip which means it's really easy to scoop the contents up the front lip and out of the box

The bins all stack on top of each other and a small overlap locks them into place so they won't fall off. The racking system is also versatile because it can be wall mounted or free standing, it can accommodate any sized bins in any position.

I've got the whole Linbin system (svg here)
I've also prepared a file with the 3 bin racked system shown. (svg here)

Monday, 1 June 2015

Project #6: Minecraft landscape coffee table prototype

May seemed to pass by so quickly, it's not as though I forgot to do a monthly project I just ended up leaving it quite late and I'm playing catch up with the documenting of it. For a long time people have been admiring this landscape at maker faires and I've been promising to make one coffee table sized. This time round I decided to pixellate the contours and turn it into a minecraft themed environment. There will be more to follow in the next few days but for now here is the half sized, non plastic prototype.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

The return of the Stellated Dodecahedron

The Stellated Dodecahedron is back, there was a lot of interest in it at the maker faire and someone even went as far as buying a kit so I figured I better get it working properly. Last time I only cut one but I couldn't really sell it because the material was wrong. I had some 1.5mm ply which was clearly exterior ply and not interior ply so the edges were so horrendously burnt and sooty that it smudged everything. This time around and Kitronik is now stocking 1.5mm Birch that is definitely laserable. So with the right material this thing makes a decent kit, I even managed to make the finger joints so snug that it doesn't need glue to hold together.

Monday, 25 May 2015

Graham of Thrones

By request I was asked to etch an A4 sized stark wolf with a 'Graham of Thrones' caption. I used my prior artwork which is pretty to the picture sent to me which sped things up a lot. Having a nice clean line drawing allowed me to quickly raster it, to get a version without overlapping tufts and then re vectorise it (the updated 'trace bitmap' in Inkscape is incredible). The image was first engraved but it didn't pop enough for my liking so I put it back in (I hadn't moved the surrounding frame) and outlined the engraving as well. I took the decision to not etch the teeth and to only outline them which I think makes them stand out a bit from the picture. Anyway customer is happy and so am I.