- Build Time: 4 hours
- Build Difficulty: 5
This is a little cubby drawer station I made to go with my Breville Barista Express machine. It is meant to store drink mixes, tea, espresso supplies, sugar, cups.
- 60 watt CO2 laser
- rubber bands
- 5mm birch plywood
- wood glue
The empty space will have a drawer that slides in and out for main storage of tea bags, supplies, etc.
I designed the drawer with a 2mm tolerance on all sides and found out that was way too much. I should have done 1mm or less. I put the hole handes on both sides to allow for air to escape because I assumed it would be a tight fit.
This is my first project with birch plywood. I did NOT know that the middle layers of the plywood were not 100% filled. Surprisingly, this 5mm birch cut much easier than 6.3mm MDF.
Putting together the pieces was messy. I used steel wool to brush off the ash from the laser cuts, but it still got everywhere.
I tried to sand off the dirty ash, but found out that a damp cloth worked even better to clean up all the dirty ash from the surface.
I engraved a little coffee logo on the front just for fun. In retrospect, the design is much too long, I could have made it a little more compact.
- top-front piece was designed with no interlocking joint and relies entirely on glue
- the 2mm gap tolerance for the drawer is way too much
- tried to sand off ash instead of wiping it down
- design too long, need to shorten it
- found out i added tolerage to BOTH pieces, doubling up on the gap
- need to engrage the logo a bit darker next time
- need to round off the fillet on the handles more to match the drawer handle