Cabinet Project, Part 4

DSCN2746The 3D printed cabinet I designed almost 2 years ago is now a reality. When I struggled to finish printing parts on my RepRap Prusa I3 printer, a voice inside me said, “You are not going to be able to finish this.” I refused to listen to that voice. I struggled to find a way to print level, wide, flat parts. After months of trying, when nothing worked, I bought a different 3D printer, a Creality3D CR-10 Mini. I had a bit of a struggle with that one too in the beginning, but I was able to work things out and finish printing all the parts.

DSCN2738The cabinet measures 19″ in width, 11″ in depth, and 27 1/4″ in height (without casters). I used PLA/PHA natural and light green filaments by 3D Printlife, exclusively, to print the cabinet. My experience with table brackets and my hamper stool has shown me that PLA/PHA works well with wood. It has the strength and pliability to handle the contractions and expansion of pine wood under moist and dry conditions.

DSCN2741The cabinet was constructed in what I have termed wood channel style. Small diameter hardwood dowels align individual pieces by filling cavities. Wood channel style reduces the need for hardware, filament amounts, and printing time.

This is the first iteration of the cabinet. Hopefully, I will have completed a second iteration in a couple of months. A list of past cabinet posts follows as well as renders of how the cabinet would look in other PLA/PHA colors.

Previous Posts

Cabinet Project, Part 1
Cabinet Project, Part 2
Cabinet Project, Part 3

Renders of Cabinets in other PLA/PHA colors

Render of 3D printed cabinet in Rose Quartz

Rose Quartz

Render of 3D printed cabinet by Sandra James


Render of 3D printed cabinet by Sandra James

Sky Blue & Carbon

3D Print Placemat

One of the things I learned from stopping my prints after the first few layers is that those layers are strong and flexible. PLA becomes more brittle as the layers increase. I felt those first few layers would make a good backing for a cabinet. To test my idea, I made four parts of a placemat and glued them together with hot glue. It worked!

DSCN1767I will use the same method to make a backing for a cabinet; the next project after the hamper stool or at least it is now. I am working on a lamp design now as well. The lamp won’t take as long to 3D print as the cabinet, but I have already designed key parts for the cabinet. I don’t know. I will see how it goes.

Thingiverse link for .stl file.

Hanging Jewelry Box


Jewelry boxes

Render of Basic Jewelry Box version 2

While I am waiting for parts that needed to be reordered for the hamper stool project, I printed a jewelry box I designed and re-designed a few times. I know it would have been prudent to print the casings for the hamper stool during this time because there are so many of them, but what’s the fun in that?

The jewelry box consists of four parts; base, top, top drawer, and bottom drawer. It can be hung on the wall with four Command Hanging Strips (that’s what I did) or there are keyhole openings in the back for screws. The top can be attached to the base with glue. The top drawer was about 2 mm too tall at the top when I printed it. I made the adjustment to the .stl file, but I have not printed it again for testing. In the photo, the top drawer is at the bottom and the bottom drawer is at the top.

DSCN1742I made the ring holders using foam rollers and 1 1/2″ velvet ribbon. I attached the ribbon to the roller with hot glue. I was perplexed about how I would go about getting ring holders the proper size to fit in the openings. I searched online for a while, finding many, but none that were the right size. Then I wondered if I could make them myself. I searched YouTube and lo and behold, there were many videos about how to make them. The one I found to be the most informative is below.

I am going to make one more print project with this mint filament before I change to the clear filament needed for the hamper stool project. I will post about that project next.

Links to files in Google Drive

Jewelry box base
Jewelry box top
Top drawer (subject to change)
Bottom drawer
License – Attribution, NonCommercial, ShareAlike 3.0

Velvet Frame Ring Holder

3D Printed World Pencil Cup

Today I got around to printing a second version of a cup I designed. It has the map of the world around it. The stereolithography file for the cup looks like a solid piece. It must be printed using the spiral vase method. The cup bends when squished, but holds its shape.

I couldn’t get parts of the world map to stay above the surface with the first iteration. It took a while before I figured out how to keep it from caving in when it was rounded. I continued to try different things until it worked. I am happy with the results.

Thingiverse file.