or gearLinks ...I can't decide which name I prefer.
Anyway, the story:
Talking to my mom she told me about how my dad couldn't keep his hands off the gEarings I made her for mother's day, and how everytime they went out, he wanted her to wear them so he could show them off to people.
So for Christmas (yes, I'm way behind on uploading this thing) I modified the design to make them a pair of cufflink gears. This involved making everything larger, widening the track for the posts, and closing the hole in the center that was used to store the earrings backings.
So here's the process.
Using 1/4" thick material (I use african padauk craft board, because I love this wood.)
1) Cut the dowel jig. (The blue rectangle)
2) Without moving your material, place a 1/8" diameter, 13.75" long dowel in the jig.
3) Cut the red lines. (This will cut your dowel to length, add the notches, and then cut all the parts)
3a) I recommend breaking up your red line cuts, first the dowel notches, second the dowel cuts, and finally the rest of the pieces.
4) Etch the first etch layer. (The black lines & shapes) This will remove some of the material from the back of the cufflinks. (And if you leave the signature, sign the back of the case)
5) Etch the second etch layer, this will make the indents to which the cufflinks will be glued and placed.
6) Remove your parts from the laser.
7) Glue the cufflink blanks to the back of the cufflink gears.
8) Assemble the rest!