The stand consists of 5 pieces of 10mm (3/8") ply, to form a platform exactly as high as the sewing machine platen - the thickness of the new plate. ...
Step 2: Cutting.
Laser cutting is really simple, if you've got it, but otherwise standard wood techniques work just fine. I used a fine pitched circular saw to cut the profile to final size outside, to save over an hour on the laser.
If you use acrylic "by hand", you can scratch the guide lines in with a piece of hacksaw blade, sharpened into a very thin chisel.
Bio:I'm an Engineer, who originally inherited the family business (Thanks Dad (RIP JC Taylor, 1938-2011)) after working in it for 25 years, designing and building scientific instruments. In 2013, I was...read more »