|One of the original matte board prototypes.|
The second element to the equation is wood. The smallest stock hardwoods I have been able to find, locally, are 1 1/2" square poplar and red oak. It also comes in 1/2" by 11/2" pieces as well, perfect for the third piece. Poplar, being cheaper, is what I picked that to use for my wood prototypes.
This afternoon was a nice mild sunny day so I pulled out the chop saw again to see what I could do. After making some cuts that just were not quite right I remembered that oh maybe I should lock the plate in place so it doesn't shift as I cut. Then it was why aren't the vertical cuts vertical? Ah the bevel is set to 3 degrees instead of 0 degrees. Once I figured how to use the saw properly (its been a while) things went much better and I was able to cut out enough wood for 5 display bases. I needed at least four to make sure things would work as planned. So far so good. The only real caveat to using the chop saw is I need to purchase a much finer toothed blade, the current blade left a pretty rough cut.
With everything cut it was to do some dry fitting to see if I could really pull this off. Here are the results:
|The four pieces that make up the display stand|
|How they, hopefully, will go together|
|Three stands. Will that last one fit right?|
|Success! Four stands fitted together in the "Travel Configuration". If space is at a premium at a show I could, in theory, put this on a rotating base.|
|Matte board prototype next to a wood prototype. Since I don't want to trim down to something smaller this is the smallest my display stands will be. That will give me a bit more room to set the scene with so I'm calling it good.|
The next task will be trying to assemble them. Originally I thought I would just peg it together but I think that's going to require a drill press. I'm going to pick up some glue tomorrow and see if a glue joint by itself will be strong enough. Otherwise I'll have to see if I can find a small drill press to work with and how small a pre-made peg I can find. I'm still contemplating using rare earth magnets to help hold the separate displays together. I may want to cut a base for everything to rest on as well.