After spending about a month of so trying to figure out my design and material, I would say I am happy with my design at this point. Currently, I have a clear idea of what I want to do and how I am going to make it. My project will look something like a box with a base that allows the box to rotate. The base will be made out of wood and in between the wood and acrylic, I will use a part called ‘lazy susan’, see below, to give it the motion I want. I will also need to acquire some fasteners to attach different parts together along with acrylic glue. To give my project a nice touch, I am planning on using magnets, will be explained below, and most likely LED strip lights on the inside.
The first thing I want to do it acquire all, or almost all, the material I need to see how the colors matches. I will buy most of the parts online while some of them I need to go to a store and see for myself. For example, I will buy the acrylic online while I will go to a store to buy a piece of wood just so I can see it first.
Once I have the material I need to start executing the project, I will first start laser cutting my parts. My design is mostly made out of two different colors of acrylic (black and red), so I will need to spend a while in the laser cutting machine to produce my parts. As of this moment, I have 10 parts of acrylic that I need to cut, but many of them are identical (this is better viewed in the images below)
Once I have my laser cut parts ready, I will start working on the wood piece and cut it to the right size. This might be done at the place I am going to buy it from depending on the seller. In addition, I may end up painting the wood to match the acrylic colors but that will be decided when I see the actual piece I choose. Once I have the wood piece ready, I will attach ‘lazy susan’ between the wood and the box to be able to spin around using fasteners. With that being said, the project will be nearly done; I still need to assemble all the 10 acrylic sides, but that will be done on several steps.
*Lazy susan is a piece that functions in the same way ball bearings do. It is just larger and can support heavy weights.
Finally, I am planning on adding magnets pieces to the bottom corners of the box and top corners of the wood; total 8 pieces. This will not allow the box to spin completely freely and will give it a rigid and sturdy feeling. To add to that, I will most likely add LED strip lights to the inside of the box to make it more interesting.
One thing that I am still hesitant about is the inside of the box. it will have dimensions of 8″x8″x10″ that I am still not sure how to use. I thought about storage for coffee related things or for random things, and even thought about having a plant there, but I am still not completely convinced with the idea. I would really appreciate any suggestions you have!