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Damin69
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GeoCaching Container

Post by Damin69 » Thu Mar 12, 2015 5:46 pm

I have been into Geocaching for many years. Fell in love with it. As a young teen my dad and I would got hunting but as I got older we hunted less and Less and I have not hunted in well over 20 years now. GeoCaching was a way for me to get back into the woods but for a completly different hunt. Now I take a GPS and Camera with me searching for Tupperware, Ammo Cans, etc. And with all of this the caches I really like to find are the Unique caches. Those that are not common. I like caches that are a challenge or that have great camouflage. I also have like to make creative caches. Now that I have the CNC this opens up a whole new possibilities for creativity.

Here is the latest cache I just created. It is a type of puzzle cache you have to figure out how to open it by twisting the container that slides a pin through a hidden path that is created by openings in disks that I cut with the CNC and pieced together with 3m bolts.

It all started with an Idea I had one morning when I was waking up. I tossted it on paper.
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I then moved to creating interchangable disks in Autocad they are all .25 inches thick. So I knew I needed 12 of them to create a 3 inch puzzle. There is one large center hole that holds a Bison Tube/Pill container that holds the Cache LOG.
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I then took that file into Cambam to create my Gcode.
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Then on to cutting that all out.
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Then to Assembly
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Re: GeoCaching Container

Post by Brian Stone » Thu Mar 12, 2015 5:57 pm

Nice work. That is too cool.
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Re: GeoCaching Container

Post by CastIrony » Thu Mar 12, 2015 6:13 pm

Is that acrylic?
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Re: GeoCaching Container

Post by Damin69 » Thu Mar 12, 2015 6:15 pm

CastIrony wrote:Is that acrylic?
No it is 1/4" HDPE. You can buy full 4'x8' sheets of HDPE at HomeDepot. They stock 1/4" black was like $55 bucks.
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Re: GeoCaching Container

Post by WillAdams » Thu Mar 12, 2015 6:33 pm

Damin69 wrote:No it is 1/4" HDPE. You can buy full 4'x8' sheets of HDPE at HomeDepot. They stock 1/4" black was like $55 bucks.
Doesn't seem to be listed on-line: http://www.homedepot.com/s/hdpe%20plastic?NCNI-5

I see 48 x 96 x .118 black acrylic --- $132.99ea. http://www.homedepot.com/p/Unbranded-48 ... /202653706

1/4" clear is $178

I did find: 1/16 in. x 4 ft. x 8 ft. Plastic Panel $19.98: http://www.homedepot.com/p/PLASTEX-1-16 ... /202090190

Fastenal lists 0.25" x 48" x 96" Black High Density Polyethylene Sheet at $279.08 ea.: https://www.fastenal.com/web/products/details/0955086

Don't hold out!

I'm currently buying: http://www.therestaurantstore.com/cutti ... 18245.html and http://www.therestaurantstore.com/18-x- ... 18241.html
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Re: GeoCaching Container

Post by Damin69 » Thu Mar 12, 2015 6:35 pm

WillAdams wrote:
Damin69 wrote:No it is 1/4" HDPE. You can buy full 4'x8' sheets of HDPE at HomeDepot. They stock 1/4" black was like $55 bucks.
Doesn't seem to be listed on-line: http://www.homedepot.com/s/hdpe%20plastic?NCNI-5

I see 48 x 96 x .118 black acrylic --- $132.99ea. http://www.homedepot.com/p/Unbranded-48 ... /202653706

1/4" clear is $178

I did find: 1/16 in. x 4 ft. x 8 ft. Plastic Panel $19.98: http://www.homedepot.com/p/PLASTEX-1-16 ... /202090190

Fastenal lists 0.25" x 48" x 96" Black High Density Polyethylene Sheet at $279.08 ea.: https://www.fastenal.com/web/products/details/0955086

Don't hold out!

I'm currently buying: http://www.therestaurantstore.com/cutti ... 18245.html and http://www.therestaurantstore.com/18-x- ... 18241.html
Oh Crap I am so sorry.. NOT HomeDEPOT.. it was Menards

4'x8' sheets http://www.menards.com/main/p-2246284-c-14048.htm
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Re: GeoCaching Container

Post by WillAdams » Thu Mar 12, 2015 6:45 pm

Damin69 wrote:Oh Crap I am so sorry.. NOT HomeDEPOT.. it was Menards

4'x8' sheets http://www.menards.com/main/p-2246284-c-14048.htm
's alight. Appreciate the information --- that's a great price --- I may be able to justify going to the Ohio fountain pen show after all....
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Re: GeoCaching Container

Post by coyn0839 » Fri Mar 13, 2015 1:03 am

That looks neat.

I also want to thank you for pointing out that Menards sells HDPE. I didn't realize it. I already spend too much money there...what's a few more dollars hahaha
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Re: GeoCaching Container

Post by edwardrford » Fri Mar 13, 2015 4:28 am

Damin - That looks great.

I noticed the utility knife in one of the pictures. Is that what you were cutting the tabs off with? If so - that's what I used to do until I started using a small chisel (1/4" irwin from menards).

Now, when I make my tabs, I make them 3/16" (5mm) wide, then when the parts are done, I take the sheet off, set it on my bench, line up the chisel with the tab, and then give it a solid wack with a rubber mallet. For square parts it works so well that I don't need to scrape anything else off. For round parts, it works, but not as great because of the radius.

Either way - great work on the cache container. Really cool project.

-Edward

side note: the HDPE at my Menards is in the same isle as the MDF and 'exotic' (not OSB) plywoods.
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Re: GeoCaching Container

Post by Damin69 » Fri Mar 13, 2015 4:51 am

edwardrford wrote:Damin - That looks great.

I noticed the utility knife in one of the pictures. Is that what you were cutting the tabs off with? If so - that's what I used to do until I started using a small chisel (1/4" irwin from menards).

Now, when I make my tabs, I make them 3/16" (5mm) wide, then when the parts are done, I take the sheet off, set it on my bench, line up the chisel with the tab, and then give it a solid wack with a rubber mallet. For square parts it works so well that I don't need to scrape anything else off. For round parts, it works, but not as great because of the radius.

Either way - great work on the cache container. Really cool project.

-Edward

side note: the HDPE at my Menards is in the same isle as the MDF and 'exotic' (not OSB) plywoods.
Thanks Edward. Yup I use my utility knife for just about everything. I will have to look at using 1/4" sometime. My tabs are are usually .12" unless I am working on anything bigger.

HDPE is in same isle as the Hardwood ply also.

Thanks,
Todd
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