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http://img204.imageshack.us/my.php?i...ardwarekh1.jpg

*takes note*

Wow, your organized! I'm seriously going to have to try and do that in the future, it just looks so much easier than hunting around trying to find the odd nut

Where did you buy those handles from? I've been looking for some but the only ones I can find are in DIY/home improvement stores and they don't have the thumbscrews like yours.

More soon please *trundles off to do own switch*
Heh.... I have to be organized, or I would never get anything done.

I think I got them at a large hardware store called "Friedmans". I got them for the Triton project, but axed them from the lineup. As far as the thumbscrews go, I aquired them from HSC, Inc. The store has a back room with about a dozen aisles with thousands of boxes that contain a very wide assortment of hardware... it is modders/builders heaven.
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Here are the accoutrements of this time-consuming and Zen-like stage.

This is a 12x12†polished granite piece that I use for sanding on.

I say “Zen†as is the process is not a “run –n-gun†experience. It is slow, methodical, and trance-like. My consciousness wanders the mindscape as I slowly draw the acrylic across the sandpaper, clean with a soft cloth, and run my finger along the edge to feel for imperfections (repeat dozens of times). Unlike using power tools this is a task where one can leave the body alone to do its thing while the mind goes off to find more interesting and engaging things…. But focus on what the finger feels is paramount… gotta pay attention at that moment.



The final sanding is done with 320 or 400 grit wet/dry paper.





This next series shows from left to right, a cut that I did, a factory edge, and an edge that has been sanded to a satin finish. Note the imperfections along the edge. Most of these can be removed, but some deeper chips can not. Doing so would take the dimensions too far out of tolerance to fit or appear clean. I try to use as many factory edges as possible….okay…okay I’m lazy. Generally 2 of the sides will be as such and save me some time in the sanding stage.





Here is my torch: “Little Cricket†(Lolz…M.I.B. reference)

This series shows that transformation of the edge as I make runs along the edge of the acrylic with the torch. Because the Little Cricket is …. well…little, it’s heat point is not all that hot. Multiple runs are necessary, and they need to happen in quick succession…. no more daydreaming at this point.

First torch run: second torch run: I panned out for this one so that the entire edge could be seen.


Compare the raw edge to the finished edge:

Checking for clarity I can clearly see the refracted screw hole along the leading edge.


Completed panel:


And that pesky switch… the darn thing has one moving part, and that is my finger! Why won’t it work? Time to dissect… low and behold – corrosion. A quick run with an emery board along the washer that contacts the points solved that one.



Okay back to work.

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No Fire Torch yes, edge yes....

I guess trance-like states and camera manipulation while torching the edge could result in tragic things occurring <flaming camera drops in lap>

lol

That's looking very nice...but seeing that granite makes me want to do a stone case...

Something Corinthian.

Thanks for the shots! That was a neat tour through your process..
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No Fire Torch yes, edge yes....

I guess trance-like states and camera manipulation while torching the edge could result in tragic things occurring <flaming camera drops in lap>

lol
Hahaha... Oww! Burned genitals = no procreation. erm... no I don't mod nude... ...but that would be funny!

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That's looking very nice...but seeing that granite makes me want to do a stone case...

Something Corinthian.
Indeed. Nothing beats the sheer and raw beauty of what Mother Nature produces. There are some incredibly beautiful Onyx slabs that look like living entities... the only drawback would be the weight. I think of the "Waterfall" Mod that was entered into the competion. He used slate, and although it is a sedimentary rock, it weighs almost as much as an igneous rock such as granite.

Now that you mention it, I have a piece of "Honey" onyx.... light travels through it..... the pics do not do it justice.

Honey Onyx , and backlight:


It's blurry, but the general sense is presented fairly well...sorta.

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Thanks for the shots! That was a neat tour through your process..
My pleasure, and thank you.
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I am serious about doing a stone case...I was a marble mechanic for a few years..

My favorite part was uncrating and looking at all the patterns and then making pictures only I could see (dirty pictures )

Hijack over.
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Noooo... I love talking about stone.

I work in the industry, and I see so many beautiful pieces.

I hope to move next year to a State where I can afford to purchase a house....(better have 400K where I live )

Oh Boy!... am I gonna go to town on the tile and stone work.



...okay I'll stop hijacking myself now...

Flaming is moving right along. Final pics will be up tonight!
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Thank god.

In case someone tries to kill Kopi's case, we always have a doppelgänger (not evil SUPPOSEDLY) to take the bullet.
    
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Heh.... I have to be organized, or I would never get anything done.
Sorry I have replied sooner, I've just spent the last 2 hours looking for my hammer

Anyway, its looking great Especially the picture of the rock! Only joking (although it is a nice picture) - great acrylic work.

Something for everyone to aim for I suppose... I can't fully appreciate just how good you are at working with acrylic as I've never been able to afford much of it, but from what I do know I think your some sort of demi-god

Err...keep it coming?
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Thank god.

In case someone tries to kill Kopi's case, we always have a doppelgänger (not evil SUPPOSEDLY) to take the bullet.
"Patsy" reporting for duty....

Truly... not evil... until tonight at midnight when I call upon the powers of Darkness to infuse my creation with an unholy spirit.

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Sorry I have replied sooner, I've just spent the last 2 hours looking for my hammer

Anyway, its looking great Especially the picture of the rock! Only joking (although it is a nice picture) - great acrylic work.

Something for everyone to aim for I suppose... I can't fully appreciate just how good you are at working with acrylic as I've never been able to afford much of it, but from what I do know I think your some sort of demi-god

Err...keep it coming?
ROFLLLLLL! 2-hours looking for a hammer! Hah! I know that one. I also know the one where I spend 10 minutes looking for something that I am holding
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"ROFLLLLLL! 2-hours looking for a hammer! Hah! I know that one. I also know the one where I spend 10 minutes looking for something that I am holding
Man, I thought I was the only one who did that! Like, I have a really quick mini panic attack about where my phone is, and then I realise I'm reading a message on it

Worst thing about working at home is that everything is either stored in this room on the ground floor or under the eves on the top floor, while I can only work outside, so theres lots of coming and going

Back to work now!
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