Monday, June 29, 2015

Laser Engraving Logo / Decoupaging

Monday, June 29, 2015

I found a small wooden artist box which already has ugly white paint on it. I don't know how old it is but It looks pretty old. I kind of liked leather handle parts and snap fasteners of the box.
I thought it would be a good storage for my dip pens and nibs if I customized it.

First, I sanded off the paint. Then I leaser engraved my logo on it.
For finishing, I just cleaned with lemon oil then applied some bees wax.

Good things about laser engraving is that unlike paints, an image doesn't smudge or bleed when you finishing the surface. And it looks good too.

This is how pens and nibs are stored.

To know which nib is which, I made labels scanned from the packages. For making these labels, I used decoupaging method.

I used Chamage for transferring images. I scanned images and printed on usual office papers. On the image side, I applied some Chemage then dried with a hair drier. Then I soaked it in water.

I scraped off unwanted tissue on the back of the label to make it thin. I used a plastic scraper and my finger. Be careful not to apply too much pressure, it tears the paper.

Now these are thin film like papers and good for decoupaging. I glued them with Chemage and top coated also.

I think incorporating different image-transferring methods in wooden surface would be interesting.
Both laser and decoupage work well on wooden surface.

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Router Table Portable - DIY

Monday, June 22, 2015

I made a portable router table that can be attached to a work bench.
When I need it. I take it outside and put it on my workbench for routing.

Basically I carved a wooden board to be able to accommodate the router base.
If I use some ply-wood boards, it would be much easier to build a router table.
But I just used the material I have already had.

After lots of carving and little sanding, it fits perfectly to the router

Making Fecne


I routed those parallel slots from both sides of the board. So the lines didn't meet precisely.
That caused jerky movement of the fence when I adjust it. I might have to replace those bolts to thinner bolts.

  The center of the fence is cut where bits can go through.

Making a picture frame 

My router table may not be precise for professional use but it serves my purpose.
I made a picture frame with it.

Having a router table expanded what I can make in woodworking definitely.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

UV Exposure Unit out of a scanner

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

For processing a photo-polymer plate, I built an UV Exposure Unit out of a scanner.
I bought this scanner for three bucks at a thrift store. As a flatbed scanner has a nice glass plate, it will be an ideal casing for building an UV Exposure Unit.

I installed UV lamps. These are from a nail lamp product. I chose those lamps, because of good availability and less expensive.


First, I took all parts out from the scanner. You might find some useful stuff for other projects. 

This time what I found are:

  • A piece of acrylic board 
  • A focusing lens 
  • A metal shaft 
  • Electrical small bits and pieces 

MDF Mount and Reflective material

I built a mount base for lamps. I put a reflective material on it.

8 UV lamps are installed.

Two power cords come out from the back which is the only part I don’t like. This means two circuit boards of nail lamp products are inside.

The light is quite powerful.
With this UV unit, I have processed some plates that came out good.

If you are interested in printmaking and building your own desktop UV exposure unit without spending lots of money. Using a scanner would be a good idea.

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