I have been using the Mr. Beaver HDZ for a bit now, and have to say it is awesome!
So, I have this J-Tech laser, but no place to keep it when not in use. As, my loving wife pointed out, I do have a shop full of tools and stuff, and make and sell boxes from time to time. So I decided that it was time to stop being lazy. Kind of. lol. I used a single pine board, 2X8, laid out my idea of things, and decided that it was time to give it a go. I knew there were a few things I wasn’t sure of so I made this a little undersize for a prototype.
I didn’t quite get the channel for the cable running from the laser where it needed to be, so some chisel work was needed. To keep the cable in the channel for this I just used some craft stick thingies my wife had. Lessions for the actual box. I need to move the cable channel down from where I had it, make the channel deeper, and a little larger. There are two screws that stick out on the back of the laser that I accounted for, but my measurements were just a bit off that I need to fix. The black velcro strap I use to keep the extra cable out of the way when using the laser. The little dog bone in the corners of that pocket, well, my X belt gave out on me. lol.
Oh, and always check youre retract hight as well. As, you can see this one got a bit taken off the side. lol.
Next up, my wife to me this e-cig thing. There is no way to stand it up, and this annoyed me. Enter one again the Shapeoko and my scrap wood pile.
Some red oak, poplar, and cedar, and some self adhesive cork for the bottom.
This is a photo type for an idea I had about doing a Yin Yang.
The idea to see if I could cut the shapes and do a glue up, then mill them. I mean I know others can, but I wanted to see if I could. lol. Again I used some wood from the scrap pile, Poplar, and red oak. The zippo lighter is just for scale.
This is after clear coat. No stain was used. My alignment of the wood was a bit off, so the fish are a little further into the yin and the yang than I wanted. Overall though, I was pretty happy with it.
Oh, as for the Beaver HDZ. The e-cig holder pocket is 1.5 inches deep. The box is, well pretty thick. lol. Other than my X-belt breaking (nothing to do with the HDZ) there was no slop what so ever. With the Stock carriage I could and have done the same, but it was a slower process, and a bit of a nail bitter from time to time. No hit on the stock carriage, just how it is.
Any ways, hope you folks are having some fun.