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Acero - 2012
« on: August 10, 2014, 11:48:53 AM »
Acero...Italian for maple.




















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Re: Acero - 2012
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Re: Acero - 2012
« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2014, 11:54:50 AM »

Added the framework for the acrylic inlays.



Added material to the top vent opening so that it aligns with the side design just as the front vent does.



Rear view



I love gloss black paint but I can never get the results I like. Black acrylic doesn't get any glossier so I'm trying out a new method I call cheating. The paper will stay on until 3 seconds before the final photo shoot. Paranoia and experience talking. I hope it works because this is way more fun than painting.


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Re: Acero - 2012
« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2014, 11:59:45 AM »

Clamp sculpture.



Birdseye maple veneer. Very hard and very brittle. Difficult to work with.





I figure I would apply some finish before cutting out the acrylic pockets. Painted all the interior surfaces flat black.



Amber-tinted shellac I'm going to finish it with. Damn...that's a big can.



Shifting focus to the base now the final shape of the cover is reached. Adding some material here, taking it away there, repeat as needed.



The section of the base that supports the stress of the computer's weight is a solid piece of maple.


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Re: Acero - 2012
« Reply #8 on: August 10, 2014, 12:01:58 PM »



You can see why they call it a floating base.



The finish highlights a lot of details including seams in the veneer. Before a final coat I'll use sandpaper to round over all the edges. That helps minimize the seams. Another trick is to veneer the inside edges before the covering top piece so the seam isn't displayed outwardly.

Rule of thumb: Start veneering at the back or least displayed area and work your way out to the most displayed surfaces. Finish up with the  surface you intend to "aim" at the audience.


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Re: Acero - 2012
« Reply #9 on: August 10, 2014, 12:03:56 PM »

Decided to go with a black acrylic button on  the front. I used my Forstner bit to make a template in a scrap piece of red oak. Using files and sandpaper I made a round piece of acrylic out of a square piece of acrylic  Later I'll use the Forstner bit to make a pocket in the front panel to place my button.



The base in between coats of shellac. I read that shellac is crazy hard to work with and they weren't lying. Ground up bugs dissolved into moonshine. The alcohol dries almost instantly which means you are allowed only one single perfect (hopefully) brushstroke between brush recharging.



Finished cutting out my acrylic sidepieces. I drilled holes into each pocket so the acrylic pieces can be popped out from behind if needed. 



The reflection is the underside of my deck table umbrella.



Have you seen the new huge Coke cans?  :)


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Re: Acero - 2012
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Now I get to struggle with the front button/decorative element. I have three options and change my mind hourly. What fun!


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