Project Spotlight: Lord of the Rings Shadow Box

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Steward Chloe was tasked with creating a unique, handmade gift as a wedding present. A wiz at the Glowforge, she set out to wow the happy couple with a shadowbox featuring a scene from Lord of the Rings.

Tell us about the project you did at DIYcave?
I created a Lord of the Rings themed shadowbox as a wedding gift using the Glowforge laser cutter at the shop. The inspiration came from the couple’s love for LOTR.

How did you prepare for the project?
I spent a few hours designing at home the day before, then made sure I had the right materials and headed to the Cave!

What are some of the skills you learned at DIYcave?
So many things, but primarily prepping, cutting, and finishing wood and basic metalworking. For this project, I learned a bit of design and lighting, which are on the more technical side of things. I’m always learning at the DIYcave!

What were the easy and hard parts of your project?
Designing it was the easier part, tweaking and making the physical piece was harder. To be honest, some of the hardest parts were just thinking through the best logical way to put it together. It was a sort of last minute gift, so I only had a day to gather materials and make it look polished. There was some digging through old piles of electronics to find what I needed for the lighting and a quick trip to the dollar store! Overall I’m really happy with how it turned out and I can’t wait to make more!

Favorite project you witnessed (besides yours) while hanging out at DIYcave?
This is a hard question since I’ve been there since the very first project at the DIYcave! I love seeing big, unique projects. There have been multiple tiny homes/trailers made in the back. Those are especially fun to watch get built since they start as a simple trailer bed and end with something you can live in!

What advice would you give someone who wants to join DIYcave and start a project?
Don’t be afraid of getting your hands dirty! Jump right in, people will help you along the way if you don’t know what to do. I’ve needed lots of help throughout my years of making and trust me, it will always come! Try something new! Be adventurous! But mainly, don’t overthink things or try to gain perfection! It only gets you more frustration and wastes time. We create things for fun, so have fun! My favorite projects came out of last-minute ideas or things I originally wasn’t worried about doing perfectly. This doesn’t mean you should be sloppy about your project, just don’t overstress it. Like I said, it’s all for fun in the end!

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