In the fall of 2013, there was a giant rubber duck floating in the rivers of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It was big news.
At the time, I was teaching a high school shop class. We decided to make holiday ornaments commemorating the year the duck came to Pittsburgh. We made a bunch for sale at a craft fair to raise funds for the shop, then students made ornaments to keep for themselves.
My documentation of this project was a little spotty, but I think the ornaments turned out great and I wanted to share them now before another holiday season passes by. Speaking of cool projects made by my former students, check out our class Instructable page! (this project really belongs there - but I lost the account password and no longer have access to the associated email - whoops!)
Unfortunately my laser cutting files have been lost to history. All I have is the screen shot above of a video of the cut files being sent to the laser cutter - hopefully you can see clearly enough to get the idea.
The ornaments were made in four layers, each cut from 1/8" birch ply. This design gave the ornaments a fun 3D look and made finishing and assembly simple enough to finish over a couple hours but complicated enough to be worth while. I did the cutting on a Trotec Speedy 300 at TechShop. In following steps - I'll explain how we put them together back at the school workshop.