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cpr1
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Re: DIY Eye piece cases new [Re: Husbyggarn]
      #5653752 - 01/31/13 07:43 AM

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






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astro_baby
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Reged: 06/17/08

Loc: United Kingdom
Re: DIY Eye piece cases new [Re: Husbyggarn]
      #5654348 - 01/31/13 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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astro_baby
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Re: DIY Eye piece cases new [Re: astro_baby]
      #5654350 - 01/31/13 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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Husbyggarn
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Reged: 12/12/08

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Re: DIY Eye piece cases new [Re: astro_baby]
      #5654475 - 01/31/13 02:59 PM

Quote:

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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mdalton
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Reged: 10/05/12

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Re: DIY Eye piece cases [Re: Husbyggarn]
      #5654884 - 01/31/13 06:50 PM

Awesome job, cpr1. Love the dovetail joinery.

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cpr1
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Re: DIY Eye piece cases new [Re: mdalton]
      #5656968 - 02/01/13 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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B. Hebert
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Reged: 09/04/06

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Re: DIY Eye piece cases new [Re: Scanning4Comets]
      #5657583 - 02/02/13 04:47 AM

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

B. Hebert


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astro_baby
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Reged: 06/17/08

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Re: DIY Eye piece cases new [Re: B. Hebert]
      #5657630 - 02/02/13 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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csrlice12
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Re: DIY Eye piece cases new [Re: astro_baby]
      #5657963 - 02/02/13 11:31 AM

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

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