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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.
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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.
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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*
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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?
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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.
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pandarune Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009
Spiffy!
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kingtut98 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:D Thank you.
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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.
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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:
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wingsofsammy Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2009
This turned out really great! Actually inspired me :D
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kingtut98 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, great! :D If it goes anywhere, could you let me know?
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wingsofsammy Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2009
of course :)
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kingtut98 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. :-)
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MillieBee Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
It looks lovely! Maybe you could burn on some spirally, celtic designs or something? At least you know, if it's disguised, you're unlikely to have it stolen from you! :D
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kingtut98 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:XD: Yes, that's a good point. I've actually heard that iPods are sometimes picked out by thieves for the white headphones, so anything 'vintage' is bound to be less of a target.
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tkyzgallery Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
wow.. unexpected project.. haha.

I dint think u would use that tool for such a soft wood. I used Balsa wood before, I I love it! its so soft and easily cut with a blade.

I think creating the wording with burn mark would be cool!
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kingtut98 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, it's probably not necessary: but I was looking for a project to test the tool.

The cutting wheel does get a much smoother edge than I could manage with a blade- particularly against the grain. With the grain, a knife is still much easier. :shrug:

I'll have to try and find a way of burning it. :confused: I might be able to heat up a piece of wire and use that. Any ideas? This seems like something you might have come across before. :-)
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tkyzgallery Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ic... I never tried the tool, thats why i've no clue about it..

U seemed to have already done the burn mark onto it.. I've no idea on how to do it, cuz i've never tried.. But urs seem good enough. did u use a burning stick or something?
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kingtut98 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, it's really something of a luxury, I think- but I've been doing some engraving by hand, and it's very time consuming. The tool makes it much faster (though I've still not really got the hang of it).

:-) Yeah, I went ahead and had a go- I heated up a piece of stainless steel wire in a candle flame until it was just getting red hot, then used it to scorch the wood. It's kind of fiddly, since the wire cools down quickly and stops leaving a mark after a few seconds. Also, you have to hold the wire with pliers, which is a little cumbersome. :shrug: With practice it would probably get a lot easier.
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Freakaru Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the minimalist feeling of the crate: how simple it is. The fact its wood and is on a flash drive is a neat twist in itself. The stencil job would add humor to it and would be pretty awesome too. :) You know these might fetch a pretty penny at a Ren Faire or Civil War reenactment. :D
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kingtut98 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks- I'll really have to try and add the lettering somehow. :-)

If I could find anywhere to sell them (Ren Faires seem to be virtually non-existent around here, sadly), that would probably work really well. It might be hard to convince people to buy them, though- since there's no indication that there's a real USB stick inside. It would be a pretty easy scam to just put the end of a USB extension lead through one end, without anything actually leading to it. :-(

I could probably do it if there was a computer to prove it actually worked.
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Freakaru Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Good point about the scam. People might think it's bogus. :) What would be cool though is if you burned in the size of the drive on the wooden box itself. :)
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kingtut98 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooh, yes. :D Maybe for the next one- or I could always add it to this. I have a sheet of wood that's only a millimetre thick at most, so there's always room for another layer.
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AsterPorphrygenitus Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009   Writer
WOW!
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kingtut98 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah. :D I didn't expect to finish so quickly.

Never used that hammer in the end, though. :XD:
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LeadbyFAITH Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009
That looks awesome!

And about the detail you could burn some celtic rings, or someting like that...
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kingtut98 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
That could work pretty well- though I don't have anything to burn it with at the moment. In the past I've used a soldering iron, but don't have one now. :shrug:
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LeadbyFAITH Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009
Hum... =/
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kingtut98 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, never mind- I worked something out. :-)
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