By the way, I corrected the pattern after I made the image above to include the punctuation marks.
One of my readers, Mike, likes to send me pictures of projects he completes from my patterns. Often the same day I publish them. Mike has a trick up his sleeve. He cuts the patterns with a laser. Of course he often has to modify the pattern for the laser to be able to cut it. In the picture below of the smart phone stand, he converted the project to 1/8" thick and doubled it up where necessary. I like that way he changed the base to stair step. It looks better than my original design.
I just found out the other day that a local library has a creative lab. It has a laser cutter, 3d printer and other machines available to the public for free. You get three hours per session and if no one has the time after you, you can just keep working. I will have to attend two classes but then I can schedule some time. The laser cutter/engraver uses the same software I use to design my patterns. CorelDraw. The first class they will teach me how to use the software.:) I have used CorelDraw everyday for almost ten years. It will be fun to learn the differences between designing for a scroll saw and a laser cutter. I have many subscribers who use my patterns with laser cutters so I want to have a real world understanding of the design process. My first class is tomorrow, I'll let you know how it goes.
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