Stay organized with a custom acrylic holder.
Using the basic parts of this file, you can customize this holder to contain objects of any size you want. With copying and pasting in the file, it is easy to extend, remix, and combine more components.
Step 1: Choose Your Objects
For this project you'll need:
-1/8" Plexiglass stock (I used clear and frosted)
-Lasercutter (I used the Epilog laser cutter at my local Techshop)
I decided to use this acrylic holder to organize my massive nail polish collection. I started by measuring the dimensions of the body of my product. In this case, the nail polish bottles are 1-1/4" x 1-1/4" square.
Step 2: Design in Rhino
Draw your object in Rhino. I first drew the base of the object, and measuring out the mortise and tenon joints, I drew slots at the width of the material (1/8") and the length of 3/8". I created a sloping side so the front of the holder is slightly lower to reveal more of the object. Then, I drew the sides of the holder, and added slots halfway down so they fit.
Once the drawing is finished, export your drawing into Illustrator for making it compatible with the lasercutter.
You can download the file for the double nailpolish holder here.
Step 3: Lasercut
Before using the lasercutter, I modified my final drawing to account for the kerf of the laser beam. Trial and error combined with online research revealed that using a 1/16" offset on all sides of slots will allow for the perfect fit. Once all the slots are adjusted, run the file.
Step 4: Assemble Your Holder
Once the parts are cut out, you are ready to assemble your holder. Start by laying out all the parts, including the bottom, back, front, and all the side pieces.
Step 5: Assemble Your Holder
Start by assembling the back, then the front. The slots should line up in the holder.
Then, add the three side pieces into the slots and into the base.
Step 6: Finish
That's it! Simple to assemble and minimal. Makes staying organized easy. Try it yourself, or try a larger version for rainbow nailpolish effect! Enjoy!