Guitar bookends

by LiquidSky, published

Guitar bookends by LiquidSky Nov 27, 2016



Guitar bookends by LiquidSky is licensed under the Creative Commons - Attribution license.

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I saw some bookends of a giraffe a while back & decided to make my own with a guitar. I added the musical notes as an after thought to support the neck of the guitar.
First time figuring two axis of slots to line up.

This was made from 1/4" acrylic & glued with acrylic glue WeldOn #4. I used a 40W laser with speed 35, power 100 & 4 passes. Black items are to engrave, I cut he blue first & magenta lines 2nd. Just did, no real reason beyond visually separating the bookends from the guitar & musical notes.

Two suggestions/mistakes I made on this : 1) Don't work zoomed up all the time - I did and things looked sturdy enough. When lased out, the musical score lines were very thin to where one broke when being removed from the material. 2) Make a jig or use clay to support the guitar neck while the glue dries. I did not. I just leaned it against an overhanging book to prop against the neck of the guitar. The neck angled out & now it is not at the same angle as the body of the guitar on the other bookend - Not noticeable with many books in-between, but 3 or less....much more noticeable.

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That [1/4" clear acrylic] was what I had on hand. Colored acrylic would look quite a bit better. I toyed with he idea of adding a slow color cycling RGB LED to each side, but did not want to deal with batteries/wall wart & doing the single LED on each side - the color cycle would get out of sync [not talking about adding a micro controller, but a single RGB LED that self cycles]. This was a 'just finish the project' & get to the next backlogged one!

Outstanding idea!!!
Have you thought about trying it with colored acrylic?