I had never heard about Wunderkammer, or curiosity cabinents, until I was in college and studying the history of museum culture. Wunderkammer were not originially confined to one cabinet, in fact they were giant rooms where one could see the taxanomic structure of one's strange possesions. Early Wunderkammers were often filled with specimens, rocks, art, and other trinkets. The more diverse your curiosity cabinet, the more prestigious you could think you were.
I wanted to build one to hold tiny robots, windup toys, and other small modern wunders - like my collection of shattered iPhones.
Step 1: Modeling and Design in AutoCAD
In AutoCAD, I made a system of rectangles within rectangles, with a .25 inch border, to account for the thickness of the material I was going to use for fabrication. After the I had mapped out the rectangles, I used the PRESS/PULL tool to lift the structure 4 inches in the z-plane.
After you have a shape that you like, select all of your model (ctrl/cmd+A), and export the file (ctrl/cmd+E) to an .stl file so that you may import your design into the next step.
I have included .dwg and .stl files of my design.
Step 2: Preparing the Model to Be Laser Cut.
In experimenting with the preview version of this software, the program output my 3D model into a series of plates that would be laser cut and assembled, easily developing a prototype of my Wunderkammer. 123D Make is free and will soon be available to download at http://www.123dapp.com/make. For the time being, there is a browser-based version of the software that one could use.
My 2D vector files (eps files) for the Wunderkammer are attached.
Step 3: Assemble It!
While I was building this structure, a co-worker suggested that I use this plastics glue, with this administration system to 'weld' the pieces together.