In brainstorming ideas for a permanent laser cutter home, I got stuck on the idea of building it into a table.
|Steamer trunk with a hidden surprise|
|Cutting angle iron|
I decided to make mine out of plywood and steel and give it a distressed industrial look. I bought about 50 pounds of angle iron from Big Orange to make the frame. To cut the steel to length and miter the ends, I used a portable bandsaw from Harbor Freight that I'd mounted on a small stand.
|Full welded frame|
To complete a steamer trunk look, the frame included steel simulated "leather" straps, which I sprayed a contrasting copper color.
I didn't want the hard wheels to scratch the floor of my Man Cave, however, so I printed polyurethane rubber treads for them on my 3D printer using Ninjaflex flexible filament.
They really sell the illusion. A light dusting in copper paint helped them blend in.
I attached the paneling to the frame with button head cap screws to mimic the look of rivets. The hinges, handle, and corner hardware were fastened the same way. With the addition of some wire shelving on the bottom, and some access holes in the bottom, the table was complete, ready for its new occupant.
|Hinging top to base|
|Installing laser cutter|
I inserted the laser cutter carefully, routing each water hose and power line through its corresponding hole in the trunk button. It was an incredibly close fit, with less than 1/4" clearance all around. In fact, I had to order a special right angle power plug to replace the one that came with the unit, and even had to shave that to make it fit.
|Cutting name plate|
|Completed table with Engraver|