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Project by Armand posted 07-05-2017 06:32 AM 604 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Commisioned project: 30 pcs mini crates as product packaging made of pine and no finish required. Very simple just repetitive cuts and all brad nails with little glue on the joineries. The hard part is printing the cargo marks which I struggled at the start. I made a stamp made of wood thru my DIY laser engraver and used silkscreen ink in printing. The logos on the covers were also laser engraved. My happy and satisfied client paid the crates for only $6 each (p300 pesos) with a promise of repeat order if his products sell.

-- My Master is Mankind's Greatest Carpenter.





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mikeacg

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#1 posted 07-05-2017 11:56 AM

Armand,

Those are great looking little crates! I can see using those for special customers as a kind of ‘Thank You’...
I was just discussing making spray paint masks on my laser yesterday with one of my customers before the parade. I’m thinking they would work perfect for this application. I hope you don’t mind if I “borrow” your crate idea!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com

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Armand

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#2 posted 07-06-2017 02:21 AM

@mikeacg:

My first attempt was also a paper mask cut by my laser but it didn’t work, there were oversprays at the sides. The stamp worked perfectly by dabbing a very very thin film of ink to the stamp using my index finger , kinda messy but its the only way to do it. You’re free to make your own version base from this idea. Thanks for the nice comment too.

-- My Master is Mankind's Greatest Carpenter.

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mikeacg

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#3 posted 07-06-2017 11:16 AM

Armand,

I have a stack of 1/8” plexiglas that is leftover from a job so I use it for everything. Makes great templates for routing or tracing and should work well for masks. I’ll let you know!

Mike

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com

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majuvla

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#4 posted 07-06-2017 05:58 PM

Beautiful boxes – looks familliar to me! – Check my cargo tissue box project form last Christmas. Very good income on those, I wasn’t that lucky – I gave all as Christmas presents.
Cheers!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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DDWW

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#5 posted 07-07-2017 01:24 AM


Armand,

Those are great looking little crates! I can see using those for special customers as a kind of Thank You …
I was just discussing making spray paint masks on my laser yesterday with one of my customers before the parade. I m thinking they would work perfect for this application. I hope you don t mind if I “borrow” your crate idea!

- mikeacg

I got a decent look by laser printing a logo in reverse, taping it on the wood and applying acetone to the reverse side and rubbing it with a rounded over wood handle. The results vary but if its part of the charm its easy to do. I’ll just posted a farm crate project I used this method on you can look at.

BTW great mini crates

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