MrZebra (zebrataur) wrote,

Crafted a Slide Holder

My herdmate Chiron has been making microscope slides recently.  They were scattered all over his desk while he was processing them so he asked me if I could put together a holder for them.  This is what I came up with, and I'm pretty pleased with it.  It gave me a chance to use my fancy new power tools!

Construction was pretty simple: I first made a little jig to help me cut evenly space slots, then used my circular saw to cut the slots that hold the slides.  I wish I had a good table saw, as that would have been easier.  I rounded over one edge with a router to make it easier to get the slides in and out.  I cut the ends to an angle so the slides lean back very slightly, to make sure they don't fall out.  I then cut the base and made a nice profile on it with the router.  I attached some thin strips of wood to the back of the uprights to stop the slides falling out of the back, a spacer at the top to keep everything square, and screwed the uprights to the base.

I think it turned out well.  The hardest part was making the thin pieces of wood at the back - lots of hand planing there, which I'm not very good at.
Tags: woodwork
  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.