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K8Baldwin by K8Baldwin @ in Laser Cutting
I started making my rabbit enclosure at Build Madison 2014. I just recently finished it. Other than the final assembly, it was made at Sector67.

Prezi Presentation

The rabbinet consists of two mirror-image towers connected by a bridge.

The upper 3 stories of each tower are for the rabbit.

The lower level is half storage, and half stairs for the rabbit to exit/enter the rabbinet.

The exit/entrance door can be opened or closed.

The upper doors are clear acrylic and they open wide (like french doors) for easy access.

It's green-edge acrylic, so it looks similar to glass, but is still easy to see through.

Each level has at least 2 exits so that the rabbit will never feel cornered. I used regular stairs, spiral stairs, rabbit ladders, and bridges.

The rabbit ladder consists of a platform in-between the two stories, and then connecting ladders with carpet on each step.

Spiral stairs connect all three stories.

Each step is curved.

The bridge connecting the 2 towers looks like a row of bones.

The inside is smooth.

My rabbit loves the bone bridge!


Each level has a rug of marine carpet. It has a smooth rubber backing, and isn't made of little tufts so thus far my rabbit has shown no interest in eating it. I bought the carpet off a roll at Menards, but I noticed that they already discontinued the smooth rubber-backed carpet. I have more than one rug for each level so that I can toss them in the washing machine as needed. They wash and dry well so far.

The outer parts of the Rabinet are painted with copper paint and a verdigris patina applied. I applied more patina to the upper layers of the doors than the lower layers to accentuate the pattern. The paint and patina came from Sculpt Nouveau.

My Bunny really seems to enjoy her Rabbinet. I leave the door open almost all the time, but she chooses to spend most of her time in there. She runs back and forth across the Bone Bridge often.

The large doors have allowed for easy cleaning. Each tower is independent from the bone bridge, so I can roll them out to clean underneath them. The junction between the bridge and the tower consists of an over-lapping step up.

How it was Made

I designed the enclosure to best take advantage of two small corners in our living room. My plan was to have a tower in each of the two corners, connected by a bridge over the glass doors. I started making my plan when we first bought the house, and it looked like this photo.

This was a small cardboard model I made while making my plans.



I cut the doors of the upper section out of clear acrylic on the laser cutter.

This was a small test-cut of the door concept.

The lower doors of the storage area are made of solid wood, to hide the storage.

Here is the CNC router at Sector67 cutting the doors:


The rabbit ladder was laser cut out of wood. I used lots of notches and tabs so that it would glue-up strong.

The spiral stairs have a 2X2 square rod at their center. The rise and size of the steps were planned for rabbits, and the final numbers came out with 25 different step-shapes. The curves on each step were inspired by nautilus shells.

The bone bridge connects the two towers. The internal shape is identical, but the outer shape resembles a bone and subtly changes from arch to arch.
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Four of my pieces are on display in the Wisconsin Institute for Medical Research this semester.  The gallery opening event was held on January 27th.

Shared Vision: Tales of Science Illustration
Exhibiting the transformations of "raw" scientific data into artwork that communicates scientific ideas.
Artistic works by: Kate Baldwin, Kandis Elliot, Adam Steinberg, and Laura Vanderploeg








A full description of each of my pieces can be found here.

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At this year's Build Madison event, I made copper pipe table legs.



I started by designing/planning it.  It had to be counter height, and it had to allow knees to comfortably fit under the table.  I already had the chairs and a bench I wanted to use, as well as a slab table top I had gotten at Wood Craft.  The bench was nearly too wide for the table top, so having legs in the corners of the table top was not going to work.  I designed a copper pipe pedestal table.


I purchased these Art Van Noah stools and bench, which are bar-height, so I had to cut them down using a table saw.



Above-view showing how the stools and people's knees will fit with the pedestal table.

I used 3 ten-foot poles of 1 inch type L copper pipe from Home Depot.  For the fittings, I got them online from Supply House, because its about 1/3rd the price.  The sheet below shows how many fittings I needed.







Copper is easy to solder together with a propane torch.



I spent a fair amount of time polishing it with steel wool while enjoying the company of the other people at the 24-hour Build Madison event.



All done and in-place!



We used pipe clips (the same type use to hold pipes up against walls) to secure the pedestal to the top.  
K8Baldwin by K8Baldwin @ in Laser Cutting
I made some holiday lighted, scented pine cones on the laser cutter.

They were featured in the Isthmus Newspaper.
 

Here is a presentation about how they are made.

You can see more of the pine cones at CutOutKate.com
K8Baldwin by K8Baldwin @ in Laser Cutting
I recently made a heating vent cover for our bathroom. The vent is on the kick-plate of the vanity.

Custom Heating Vent Cover

It says, "Kate & Jeremy 2015."

Custom Heating Vent Cover Laser Cut Heating Vent Cover

It's cut from thin wood using the laser cutter at Sector67.





I also laser cut the frame, out of thicker (0.2in) wood, and glued the tongue & groove tabs with wood glue.

Custom Heating Vent Cover

K8Baldwin by K8Baldwin @ in Laser Cutting
Last year I made laser-cut folded lacy wedding invitations. Mountain View


I designed them over the course of many interations and cut them out using the laser cutter at Sector67.

Each invitation took 33 minutes to cut out and assemble.

Laser Cutter Font by KateI designed a new font for the address part of in the invitation where the inverse of the letters gets cuts away. This way you don't have to worry about the middle of your Os dropping out like when you cut out the letters themselves. You can download my font here. I made the "<" symbol correspond to a half circle and I put that at the beginning and end of every line of address to give it a rounded-edges.


A key step was getting the invitations thin enough to go through the regular mail. If they were too thick, they had to be shipped as a parcel. I tried mailing a test invite as a parcel, and it never arrived, probably because it was too small really to be a parcel and got lost in the shuffle. In order to make them thinner, I ironed them. ironing invivations

There were failed ideas along the route to this design, as you can see in this video.



In the end we had a perfect delivery rate through the USPS with 70 cent stamps and our guests were pleased. We put the return address on the stamp themselves, and they did function as return address.
K8Baldwin by K8Baldwin @ in Laser Cutting

This year I made what may be the world's first botanically accurate Poison Ivy  costume.
Generally, Poison Ivy costumes use English Ivy leaves, leading to a misunderstanding of the true appearance of dangerous poison ivy.

In order to make real poison ivy leaf shapes, I had to make them myself.  I used photos of Poison Ivy from my backyard to trace genuine leaf shapes. Then I used the laser cutter on wool felt to make leaves for my costume.


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Madison welcomes the grand opening of the Science Museum.
I helped make the signs for the Sector67 room, which has exciting hands-on exhibits made by fellow Sector members Shira, Bob, Nathan Meronek, Scott Hasse, Chris Meyer and more.







We made the ceiling signs using the vinyl cutter.  The tricky part was carefully sticking the vinyl to the acrylic in the right position, without rotation or wrinkles.  In order to make the acrylic frosted, Chris Meyer showed me how to sand it using the random orbital sander.  It was the first time that I has scratch acrylic on purpose.  The wall signs were printed regular paper using Sector's on large format printer and then sandwiched between acrylic.  All 3 layers were cut on the laser cutter to ensure a perfect line-up.
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Photo of Kate Baldwin in Wisconsin
The UW Madison graduate school wrote an article about my Scientific Comunication work after a phone interview with me.

"You don’t have to be working in a lab to use your Ph.D.; I use mine every single day."

I am a proud Cellular and Molecular Biology alumna.
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Tonight I am giving a presentation about my lighting fixture at the Monthly Community Meeting at Sector67, a Makerspace where I am a member.

Tree Branch Lighting Fixture
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