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Forum topic by leftcoaster posted 09-17-2017 02:00 PM 407 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-17-2017 02:00 PM

My daughter is a very serious Origami artist and specializes in tesselations, which are flat with thousands of geometrically precise folds.

She asked for a backlit frame where she can swap out the pieces on display. My idea is to build a deep frame and then cut it on the table saw, much as one can build a box and then cut it to form a matching lid. The insides on either piece would get a rabbet and I’d use gorilla glue to attach acrylic almost flush so that she can sandwich her work between.

She doesn’t want hinges (are there invisible visible options?) so I thought of using rare earth magnets in counterbores around the box and “lid”.

Cutting the box after assembly means I can’t rout the rabbets beforehand. What’’s a good way to do this on the inside of the frame and lid? I guess on the router table and square the corners with a chisel?

Am I kidding myself about the holding power of the magnets and is there an invisible hinge alternative?

Should I be coming at this in a different way altogether? Perhaps there’s an invisible filament that could be used to hang the work inside a conventional frame? I’d still have to provide a way to attach the pieces to the filament without damaging them.

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#1 posted 09-17-2017 02:03 PM

OK I see that there are invisible hinges I can mortise in and my recessed magnets can keep the closed. I’ve used that in my shop’s tool cabinet and like it a lot.

Any help on the rabbet?

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#2 posted 09-17-2017 02:07 PM

Oh, maybe I can cut a dado and then rip the middle after assembly! Sorry to be using LJ for this stream of consciousness. Would still appreciate any other ideas.

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