|Project by lawrence||posted 07-04-2012 04:22 AM||1608 views||4 times favorited||12 comments|
I was asked by an outbound buddy to make a helmet case for him. He didn’t like the standard “made in China” ones that we’ve been getting for folks’ going away gifts and asked if I could make something a little more personalized. To fit into his budget, I had to be able to make it in about 10 hours, and I just about nailed it (officially in my project journal I have 10.75 hours in this job) The wood (mahogany) was free as it was part of a large “freecycle” lot that I got a while back.
I stained the mahogany with gel stain and then sprayed it with lacquer before assembly. The glass is in grooves and is held in place with silicone adhesive. The top and bottom of the glass enclosure are mitered and pinned to the rails. The bottom portion was personalized with my Carvewright. After carving, I sprayed the carvings with black ink, then planed them off to leave the black in the background. I then stained and lacquered the base. I cut the vinyl resist for the etching with my silhouette CNC paper cutter and etched the glass using 150 grit aluminum oxide and a $50 harbor freight pressure pot sprayer.
Overall, I’m quite pleased with the outcome and hope he will be too.
Thanks for looking, and as always- your encouragement or constructive critiques are always appreciated