Durin's Door: LED Acrylic and Plywood Gates of Moria
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Lake Ozark, Missouri 
Joined Oct 14, '15 

The Lord of the Rings is my favorite book, period. I read it every summer from the age of 10 to 26 and then a couple times since. I did like the Peter Jackson movies because they got the feel and images right, even though there were some major departures. The scene before the troop heads into the mountain is one of my favorites. The pacing of the story is amazing and the details are so powerful. Of course the humor of the trying to open the door is a perfect setup for the drama after. Would be cool to do a whole voice recognition and be able to turn the light on with the password.

This is .205" Home Depot plywood and Glowforge Proofgrade clear acrylic. Same setup as my name plates but I put the arch in for added effect. The size is 8 inches by 6 inches including the base.

The blocks were knocked together in Inkscape. Vector scored at 1% power. I took one rectangle and added a few nodes. I copied it and tweaked the nodes a little bit. Did that for about eight or nine times, then flipped and mirrored them to get a more random variation in the pattern. This is actually what got me to do the gradient engraving test because I really would like to make a depth engraved brick wall. Inkscape recently upgraded to a mesh gradient so I would be able to soften the edges of all the blocks and then have an engraving deeper in between the bricks. That test to come here shortly, but I have to upgrade another Inkscape installation.

Edit: Link to SVG of the image file. I did try some tracing with Inkscape but went on to this since it was a single vector line. I haven’t been able to get the Centerline Trace extension working correctly. I edited it a little bit and exported it as a PNG to bring into the cutfile. Had some issues importing the large SVG directly. Working with support on that.


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