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Inspiration

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I read an article recently about an architect who 3D prints lamps for contract furnishings. His work helped inspire me to continue working on my cabinet project. The render above shows my latest model plan multiplied by four. I think this version would be the least costly to produce. I will make another post detailing the cost and comparing this model to other versions.

I also find inspiration in Swiffer mops. Yes, Swiffer. I searched the patent website for Swiffer's patent, as I wanted to make something similar to the mop, but for a different purpose. There is quite a bit of time before the patent expires. I love that there is a patent. I aspire to have a patent for something I vastly improve or just outright invent. The success of Swiffer pushes me to be a better designer and look around my home environment for ways to improve things.

Cabinet

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The top render is the first draft of a cabinet for my bathroom. I want the cabinet to come together quickly and hold items that don't weigh over 15 pounds. I like the guard rails at the top, but I soon realized I do not need them: a landing spot for my winter-time space heater is more pressing.

The idea for the cabinet was born from looking at a shelving unit I designed and built. I kept thinking there had to be a way to turn it into a cabinet, so I wouldn't have to look at my toiletries, and an idea flashed in my mind. Why not clip side panels on the sides and back? I could print a couple hinges for swing open front doors and there, I would have a cabinet.

How did it turn out? I don't know yet. I'm pricing material and working on a final design. I thought I would be using 12 x 24 inch wood artist panels, but I found similar sizes at Home Depot for less. I hope to have the cabinet together by the end of this month. Stay tuned!

Night Stand/Side Table

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After seeing renders I made for a table, I decided on one design. I was a little nervous about cutting the angle for the bottom, but I was able to figure out the correct angle for optimal stability at the wood shop. It was just under 10°. I used hardwood dowels that I purchased from Home Depot for the tables I made before and I was pleasantly surprised to find that the maple legs I purchased online felt solid.

This table measures 18" x 16" x 23.75" (leg distance). The top is a plywood top that I recycled from a former table. The cross dowels are 1/2" hardwood leftover from another project. The legs are Maple, bought online from WoodCraft. The filament is Purple PLA/PHA from Printlife. I used #6 1/2 wood screws to attach braces to the table. Altogether, the table cost me about $87.

Some years ago, I bought two end tables online and I was not happy about the material they were made of, but they were affordable. I am happy that I can make furniture now with real woo…

Side Table - Future 3D Print

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The shelf and flanges for this table have been printed. The upper portion, which is really a small cabinet with a door, is on hold. After adjusting the sizes of models in a mock-up I made of my living area, I realized I did not have a place for the table. I may find another way to use the shelf.

Mesh Sconce

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I designed this sconce with contemporary elegance in mind. A light cord feeds through openings in the shade and hook. The brace for the sconce can be attached to the wall with a screw or Command strips.

To make the hanging light, I attached a light cord to a socket I purchased from Lowes, following directions by Instructables. There is more information about the background of this sconce on my Clever Crafts blog.

I printed the shade with supports everywhere. It took a bit of time to pop out supports in each hole. I printed using translucent red PLA on a Prusa Mk2s.