I’ve been a member of Hackerspace since 2015, when I built my bar (Vigilante Gaming Bar) at the space — I’ll post about that sometime — but after that opened I hadn’t been coming by as often.Two and a half years ago (Dec 2017), my sister in law said “hey Logan (my 2-yo nephew) likes to put his dolls to bed each night — why don’t you make him a cradle?” I also had this idea to build a notebook for my other nephew to tote his so-precious Pokemon cards around.
So it’s 11pm on the night before I’m supposed to get on a plane to meet my family, thrashing to get all the finishing and assembly, and there’s only a couple people in the space — Tony G (natch), and this very lovely person building an impressive blue cabinet.
We were all talking around this and that (including a brief foray into politics). She explained that she was building a “comfort cart” for the palliative ward at the hospital she worked at, for the nurses to hold incense or lotion or coloring books and other items that can help grieving families on vigil.
Dot dot dot we got married last month!
The rails of the cradle are red oak from Austin Fine lumber. The panels are 1/2" MDF, laser cut on Big Red and then rounded over on the router. Because I needed to take it on the plane, the whole thing breaks down flat and then goes together with wedge pins made of 1/2 dowel (pro tip: a 1/2 dowel won’t fit in a 1/2 hole). No screws anywhere!
The rails in the base are just 3-up MDF — I had originally intended them to also be oak, but they worked so well (and I liked the blue better) I just used the prototypes. The blue is non-toxic milk paint and the red is wipe-on dye.
The notebook is 1/8 bamboo, which is AMAZING for lasering — and quite expensive to buy. If folks want to go in on a bulk order let’s do that. For the gradients on MewTwo I used the Image Trace in Illustrator down to six gray levels in area mode for the raster. By forcing it to six distinct levels, I could use color replace to get the darkness of the final rastered image to be perceptually correct. (i.e. for six “even” darkness levels I used something like 100% black, 96%, 91%, 84%, 72%, 50%). I also traced MewTwo with a Black/White vector outline, to make the drawing “pop”.The hinge is from Home Depot and the notebook parts are just a regular 3-ring binder mechanism I dismantled.
I’ll get Kye to reply to the post with the details of her makings!