|Project by mbfunke||posted 03-31-2012 08:58 PM||2998 views||8 times favorited||9 comments|
I have been amused by the steampunk movement for sometime now and decided that a friend needed to have a steampunk usb drive as a gift. This is a theme in my woodworking, I want to build something and so someone must need that thing, whether they know it or not.
The construction is simple, a small piece of mystery hardwood from a futon was cut to rough size, sliced in half and a section was routed out to fit the USB drive. I cut the lid from the body and placed the USB in the body. Then I glued the halves back together and cut the blank into a roughly violin shape on the band saw. I then sanded and carved a relief for the placement of some parts from a broken wrist watch. Unfortunately the pictures don’t show this, but the bigger gear at back is open in the middle and contains a red light that illuminates when the drive is active.
Then I decided that the drive would likely be a show piece and not used often so a box might be a good idea. The box is just a simple pencil box style, but uses a watch winding handle for the knob. Also, I tried, only with limited success, to iron on a laser printed label. This is the barely visible lettering on the side of the box. Others have had much more success with this technique, but I figured that the box is supposed to be 200 years old, so it works. Part of steampunk culture involves creating overly complicated names for things, so I placed a paper label on the bottom of the box that reads “Professor Funke’s Diminutive Record Storage Cabinet.” It seemed appropriate :)
Thanks for looking.
-- Mike Funke