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January 2, 2009
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USB Storage Crate by kingtut98 USB Storage Crate by kingtut98
1GB USB storage crate.

Materials: Balsa wood, (small) 1GB USB stick, superglue aplenty.

Time taken: About two hours.

My first whole project made using the (electric!) rotary tool I got for Christmas (though, naturally, assorted drills, knives, pliers and saws were also used by hand).

I'd come across some custom-built USB memory stick cases already, and thought they were pretty cool. I liked the idea of having an old-fashioned wooden packing crate to store computer data, so that's exactly what I had in mind when I made this.

I think it went pretty well. I started off using a piercing saw to cut the balsa wood, which splintered it a lot. Thankfully, those pieces are inside the cap, so it's virtually invisible. After hooking up the rotary tool, I started using a carborundum cutting wheel, which worked beautifully- didn't burn or splinter the wood.

I tried to sand the cap down a bit, too, but underestimated how fast the tool would do it, so there are a couple of places where there's a noticeable 'bite' out of the wood, where I left the sanding drum sitting too long.

I figured a photo of the actual workspace might be good. ( [link] ) It also helps give some scale to the USB device (which is 38mm long, measuring the main wooden box).

Though it's not visible, there's also a hole drilled in the bottom of the case so that the little "I'm plugged in" light can shine through. The original plastic case is intact, and safely locked away inside- balsa wood is very, very soft (I accidentally cut it with a pencil while making this), so I didn't really trust it to protect the actual technical doodaddery of the USB stick.

Later, I might stencil (or burn) on letters saying "USB PACKING CRATE" or something, just to make it obvious and add some detail. I quite like it plain, though. :confused:

EDIT: Burned the design in with a small piece of stainless steel wire, heated up to red hot in the flame of a tea light- it's low-tech and time-consuming, but seems to work well enough. It's actually burnt into a very thin sheet of balsa wood, which I then stuck onto the top of the USB stick, so the main part of the case is unchanged. I don't know much about flash drives, but I'm fairly sure that being jabbed with a hot piece of metal won't make them work any better. :XD:
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Lupas-Deva Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
I like your chain mail mat. I might try that myself.
kingtut98 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :-) Glad to have provided an idea. It actually has its own deviation [link] , but looking back at it, the photo's terrible.

If you do get around to trying something of your own, I'd be really interested to see how it turns out. One thing to bear in mind is that thread will slip through the joints of ordinary links, so you have to have something solid (I used washers) at least at the points you need to stitch through.
Lupas-Deva Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
I've made chain mail before but I never took pics of it and I never thought to sew it to cloth to make a mat.
*note to self: buy links*
kingtut98 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Come to think of it, this one is probably the only time I've done that, too. It's held together pretty well over the years, though.

Although if you're using ready-made links, then just closing them carefully might be enough to keep the thread in place (particularly if it's fairly thick). I cut mine myself, with wire cutters, so the ends aren't quite as clean- I wouldn't be able to get away with doing that.

Any ideas what you'd use it for?
Lupas-Deva Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010
I've made a "4 patch and necklaces using the chainmail theory but I wouldn't mind making myself a mat to photograph on. I'd do silver links with a gold link border. And I wouldn't mind making a chain mail shirt but I don't have the money or the time.
pandarune Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009
kingtut98 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:D Thank you.
MillieBee Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the new chainmaille background :D. And at least now no one will throw it away thinnking its just scrap wood.
kingtut98 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:XD: Yes, I think it's slightly more elegant than the last one. It's a coaster- I think it might even be in my gallery somewhere. I needed something dark-coloured as a background, and it was right there at the time. :shrug:
wingsofsammy Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2009
This turned out really great! Actually inspired me :D
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