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Have you always got a little notebook in your back pocket, like I do?  

Do you wish you had a miniature drafting kit to go with it?  

Of course you do!  Who wouldn't!?  Well, here it is!

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Step 1: Materials

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xacto knife
cnc cutter and make the cut software
thin cardboard - such as from the side of a kleenex box
thin flat flexible transparent plastic - "wrap rage" packaging works well
craft foam
some type of adhesive:  e.g. spray adhesive, brush on superglue

mtc file attached

note: make sure your cnc machine will work with Make the Cut. As of this writing, Cricut no longer works with it,but there are other machines that do:  (Black Cat Cougar, Boss Kut Gazelle, US Cutter MH/Laser Series)

Step 2: Cut out the backing board

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This toolkit is designed to fit inside a pocket notebook that is 3" x 4.5".

Position your chosen cardboard in the cutter and cut out the backing board layer.

I found I could cut the tissue box cardboard with one pass on high pressure with the blade set at deepest level (6).

Step 3: Score the backing board

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Leave the backing board in the cutter and go over it again lightly (light or low pressure) with the backing board scoring layer.

The scoring lines will help you position the foam inset more accurately when it comes time to glue them on.

Step 4: Cut out craft foam inset

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The craft foam layer will help hold the tools in place on the cardboard backing.

Lay your craft foam on the cutting board.  Cut out the attached pattern.

I found that I could cut a decent result from the craft foam in one or two passes on medium pressure with the blade set at medium (4).

Neaten up any parts that didn't cut cleanly with the x-acto knife.

marcellahella10 months ago

Really cool!

blue-ice11 months ago

This is such a cute idea! I don't carry around a little notebook everywhere, but if I do, I will follow your Instructable! Nice job :)

foobear (author)  blue-ice11 months ago

thank you!!

Sabata11 months ago

Neat. I could see this coming in handy because after all these years it is surprising how often I dig out my old drafting tools in order to do a little project planning.

Now if you really want to impress us and make the kit even better, how about CNCing a compass and architect scale to go along with the rest? ;)

foobear (author)  Sabata11 months ago

You read my mind! I have been contemplating how to best make a compass that could be stored in a flat little shape like this. I have some ideas. It will take some experimenting to work those out. Also, a slide rule! And one other tool that is a secret. I will do it soonish I think. :)

Sabata foobear11 months ago

In lieu of a compass you could easily (I assume it'd be easy) cut a circle template. Back in the old days before CAD we almost always used templates instead of compasses. Circle sizes would be limited for sheets this small but it's simpler than a compass, and I suppose you could do 2-3 templates to fit in the kit.

I never learned to use a slide rule so I will hold out for the architect scale. :)

bo88y Sabata11 months ago

General Tools 843/1 Pencil Compass and Scriber has an MSRP of $3.15, is very compact, and will do the trick up to about a 6" radius. Use a golf pencil or an old, short pencil. Apparently, whiny Amazon buyers are having trouble with the new ones. If the adjustment doesn't hold tight, add a small washer. The most basic compass around. Look at the picture at least. For larger circles, you may have to sharpen the pencil assymetrically with a utility knife.

Search for flat architectural scale rulers, and you'll have 2/3 of the scales you get on the triangular ones. They're only about 6" long. About $8.

foobear (author)  Sabata11 months ago

Actually, I think the compass is essential as it can double as dividers. I've been reading some wonderful old books online where they do some pretty cool things using dividers: e.g.

It's on my todo list to learn some of these old techniques....

Rebreg11 months ago

absolute genius

billbillt11 months ago