[Archive] Acrylic Shelf Assembly

First Posted Jan 30, 2018

I received these yesterday and I’m so super excited and happy about them!!

This is just a small post to give a preview and for friends who end up being my guinea pigs to test out the assembly process. I did mention these shelves previously and I intend to do a more in-depth post later on about the process of getting them made, and hopefully give context in the amount of doing required to make any product. I really hope after reading, people will be more sympathetic and feels less entitled to asking other artists for resources or “where they got shit made”.

There are five acrylic pieces with a protective layer on either side. To assemble this shelf, you MUST remove the protective layers (due to the nature of the laser cutting, with room for error, and the acrylic being thick). You can peel at the sides until the frosted layer comes off.

To assemble, the middle partition must be attached first. This is the side with the nibs design (back piece), the piece with no cutouts (bottom piece), and the hello*today piece.

Check if the back piece and bottom piece align and fit into one another, you may have to flip the back piece (nib) around to make sure they fit properly. Once properly aligned, bring the hello*today piece and fit the joints where the cutout rectangles are.

Make sure the pieces are fully fit into one another before proceeding to the next step. This means that the pieces should be flush against each other and there should be pieces sticking out the other side. There may be some tinkering a bit since the pieces may be very tightly fitting from first use, and with a little force to push the pieces, but be careful not to scratch or crack the acrylic pieces.

The two remaining pieces (clip and hanger) are the side pieces. You can choose which side you would like them to be on (right or left). Similarly, fit them into the slots that are cut out from the acrylic. Remember to push until the pieces are flush against one another.

With the bands (14+ provided), string around the cutouts sticking out. While the shelf feels sturdy without them, they are susceptible to fall if you lean heavy books against the pieces so these are just to ensure they are kept in place. Repeat till all bands have been secured.

One of the special notes about this shelf is because of the design elements, it’s raised on the bottom. I quite like that look.

Regardless, I’m glad the smaller version ones also turned out good. After two months of seeing my shelves in a mess and my long-time struggle with storing zines, I’m glad these are a part of my life now, even though it cost quite a lot to make them.

If you end up bringing these to conventions or on the go, you can store them flat while travel while keeping the bands together! It’s easy to assemble and disassemble because of the bands mechanism, and is still really sturdy when built. The acrylic is quite thick and while susceptible to potential scratching (due to clear), they should be able to stand against the test of time and use.

Posts coming soon about the development, thanks for reading!

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