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#51 mich_al

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 09:36 AM

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#52 JimK

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 05:58 PM

Im looking for ideas on how to make an eye piece case from readily, and cheaply, available boxes ,etc.
Tool boxes, tackle boxes what ever ,everything is fair game.

Ideas?????? photos, descriptions needed

Here's a simple idea for an eyepiece box that I made.

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#53 JimK

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 05:59 PM

I started with a 1.6-liter plastic "Really Useful Box," a scrap of 18mm birch plywood, and some 1-inch felt circles. I cut some 1.25-inch holes in the wood for eyepieces, added a couple of coats of satin lacquer from another project, and put several 1/4 circle felt spacers in each corner of the box. Adding some string for a carry handle finished this simple dew/dust resistant case.

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 06:44 PM

Nice job, Jim! :jump:

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 02:39 AM

I did a longish thread ages ago, cant find it right now but heres the article on my site which is cut down a bit from the thread.


http://www.astro-bab...ase Project.htm

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 11:27 AM

Very nice job fabricating that case, astro baby.

Thanks for posting.

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 12:44 PM

I remember that thread, purple velvet is unforgettable, lol.
It did give me some ideas though, Ive got a suit case style tool box from a yard sale, emptied it this morning.
Gonna use wood, and stain it though.

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 01:42 PM

I think if K were doing the priject again I might be incllined to skip the velvet and jus have rubber bumpers. The velevet made construction a lot harder and slower. I would also skip the LEDs as they are of little use.

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 04:10 PM

I think if K were doing the priject again I might be incllined to skip the velvet and jus have rubber bumpers. The velevet made construction a lot harder and slower. I would also skip the LEDs as they are of little use.


Still looks pretty awesome though. Great job! :bow:

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 01:52 AM

What about having the LED's in the lid instead? the LED's would be pointing down from the top of the lid.
I've been thinking about doing it this way.

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 07:43 AM

Here's mine I finished recently. I used scrap pine and birch I had from other projects.

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 01:38 PM

I dont know - depends on the brighness of the LED I guess. One of my early plans was to have a small gooseneck fitting that folded down into the base of the case but would be pulled out to illuminate by facing down onec the case was opened. I abandoned it because the fitting was so big it was wasting space and it also mean the case couldnt be closed quickly - I just saw it as a headache really.

I think on balance I wouldnt bother. 9 times out of 10 I enjd up having to use a torch anyway if I really need a look at stuff. Mostly I dont bother. Having spent so long bulding the case I just know where stuff is without needing a light :)

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 01:39 PM

CPR thats really beautiful. Loving the joinery on that. Wish I had the skill for that kind of build.

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 02:59 PM

I dont know - depends on the brighness of the LED I guess. One of my early plans was to have a small gooseneck fitting that folded down into the base of the case but would be pulled out to illuminate by facing down onec the case was opened. I abandoned it because the fitting was so big it was wasting space and it also mean the case couldnt be closed quickly - I just saw it as a headache really.

I think on balance I wouldnt bother. 9 times out of 10 I enjd up having to use a torch anyway if I really need a look at stuff. Mostly I dont bother. Having spent so long bulding the case I just know where stuff is without needing a light :)

Yeah, i guess you're right. I will think about it some more...
Oh by the way, beautiful builds everyone! i got some great ideas :)

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 06:50 PM

Awesome job, cpr1. Love the dovetail joinery.

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 07:00 PM

Thanks Melaine and Mark. The Porter Cable jig has to get a lot of credit for the joints. You do have to have square stock to start with and setup the jig properly. I just tested on some test pieces until I had it right then used the final wood.

As I said before in another thread the construction did not take nearly as long as finishing the case. Dry times on multiple coats of stain and poly. And I am not retired so it kind of drags out. But the end result was absolutely worth it. Thx.

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 04:47 AM

Is there a thread, link or file of images of home built or DIY cases, particularly wood ones?

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 06:45 AM

I hear you Chris on the dry times. I vbuilt a Catsperch chair a few months ago and the dry times on the varnish were were geological....i started to wonder at times if it would ever dry.

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 11:31 AM

I find with most varnishes, no matter what the label says, let it cure overnight.






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