|Project by Chase||posted 08-20-2013 12:52 AM||798 views||0 times favorited||2 comments|
I broke the plastic case on my favorite laser pointer, and decided to make a wooden one instead of taping together the plastic one. In an effort to increase my skill with hand tools I used as many hand tools as possible. I drilled out the base and top so there was just enough room for the laser pointer with the cap seated. I sort of mortise and tenoned the two pieces to make a fitted cap A small magnet in the two halves helps keep the top stuck on. I was hoping for a friction fit, but didnt quite get there.
The cherry piece was out of square when I started so the first step was to square it up with my plane. That part turned out ok. There appears to be a bit of twist somehow introduced into the piece. Not sure if the smaller size makes that more or less likely.
Cutting and chopping down the top half to a smaller square peg went pretty well, but chopping the square hole was a bit trickier. getting a clean flat bottomed square hole is always tricky, but this turned out better than my previous 2 attempts at doing something like this.
All in all it looks decent (but not great) once the fitted cap goes on, and should keep my laser pointer nice and safe. Not to mention the added hand tool experience.
In retrospect, the lighting is terrible in these pictures, sorry about that. I need to use a secondary lamp of some sort from now on in my picture taking.
-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.