Outdoor light fix
Posted by
YawString
Mercer Island, WA 
Joined Sep 29, '15 

In the two years waiting for my Glowforge I never told my wife about it. That made the delays a lot easier to deal with. :wink: But, when the big box showed up, she was a bit skeptical. To really show its value I needed it to do something useful.

For a year or so now we’ve had a broken outdoor light fixture. Since it was in the shape of a box I figured it would be a perfect project for Glowforge to come to the rescue!

Now, I’ve never made a box, but had previously downloaded an Inkscape plugin and gave that a shot. I did some testing and found it a bit limited (I needed a box with an open end) and it had some issues with the kerf calculation (or I was confused).

So I did some searching and found an updated plugin that was perfect.

I started out with proofgrade draftboard trying to calculate kerf printing 1" squares etc. I needed the box to be snap fit as I didn’t have any glue on hand for the PG frosted acrylic I intended to use. After some trial and error making mini boxes in both draft and acrylic I came to the conclusion I was ready!

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Taking the leap of faith I printed the box I hoped would work!

To my delight it all fit together perfectly! Nice tight fit! Now time to try installing.

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It all fit perfectly on the first try. It looks like the Glowforge is here to stay! :wink:


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