The postman arrived this morning with a long slim parcel, I didn't remember ordering anything of that shape and there was no indication of sender on the outside. The parcel turned out to be a LARP safe oar, all ready for painting and latexing. Just a typical day really when objects like these turn up with no prior warning, next step is to email Eldritch and ask if it came from them. Yep, it needs to say "That's a paddlin'!" on the side in a hand carved font. 20 minutes later it's ready to be sent back again, maybe I'll ask the postman to hang around next time.
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Wednesday, 27 July 2016
Tuesday, 26 July 2016
I completely redid the cupboard door for Eldritch, I've been building up with various testing recently and it culminated in this simple design. Doing these simple outlines as a normal engrave would take 2 hours, doing this engraving as a series of lines took 20 minutes as a 'faux' engrave, unfocusing the laser to get a nice wide beam reduced the time to just 5 minutes. A fairly significant improvement. It has limited uses but it's nice to experiment and know exactly what is possible, you'll never know when you need it.
This siren whistle from instructables has a lot of irritating sound for its size. There were scaling issues with the files I imported so I ended up cutting them in 2 different sizes, both are quite load but need a lot of puff and occasionally the spinning disk in the middle appears to jam. Time to start looking at air horns and vuvuzelas.
I want to make some noise makers and there are a few designs online but it's really hard to decide how loud they are actually going to be. Have laser, will cut, so I made up a few for testing. The first one is this train whistle, modified to actually be glued together, it's a good sturdy whistle as you would expect but not quite loud enough for me.
Saturday, 23 July 2016
Time became a bit of an issue this week so I went for a very simple lid that rests on top of the box, made from 6mm birch ply it's very sturdy. I turned up the engraving quality to make sure the thin lines on the design came out correctly. 4 little feet underneath locate into the trays and stop the lid from sliding off sideways. The whole thing is sturdy enough to sit on.
Friday, 22 July 2016
Every time I go to vale I get more treasure and I seem to need a bigger box to put it all in. This box is actually for the whole camp rather than just me so it can hold 4 times as much as the last one. It's a simply construction 6mm walls and 9mm base to cope with all the weight. A coin tray fits too snuggly in the top but at least the hand holds in the side let you pry it out again. I just need to finish the lid now and it'll be ready to go.
Thursday, 21 July 2016
One for the runescape fans, Eldritch has recreated the Shield of Arrav. The inner pattern is a straight forward engrave but we wanted the inner line to be a different depth to the outer lines. This is why I was experimenting with engraving at different depths. If I had to engrave the whole shape a second time it would have doubled the cutting time and taken forever. This way added just a few more seconds to the cut. The laser didn't get all the way through the 22mm outer, I freed it up with a knife to take a better picture.
This project was done for Jagex and had a non disclosure agreement attached to it which is no big deal for me, and has the added advantage that the project is now finished and I can show you completed shields covered in latex and painted.
Wednesday, 20 July 2016
The last of the 200mm signs is this little Disabled sign. I'm not yet sure if these are going to be defensive or offensive items but either way it'll be fun to see them in action. While I was cutting I also had a repeat order of the larger sign post shields. Now I just need to recut the cupboard door shield but I'll be using the alternate engraving technique for that.
Tuesday, 19 July 2016
These signs are found in various places around the country and indicate that there is a fire hydrant nearby, they are yellow with a black 'H' in the middle. The figure at the top is the size of the main that feeds that hydrant in millimetres. The lower figure is the distance from that plaque to where the hydrant is in metres. I engraved the slots into the corners where the plaque would normally be fixed and I even made some slotted screw heads from 8mm material to make it look like it is screwed down (actually in hindsight this may be wrong, stay tuned)