Monday, October 10, 2011

A quick How To

After the last post about the Kodi, it was asked of me how did I do those x things on the Kodi's legs?
So I figure I might as well show my little trick.
This is how I came up with it. I have no idea if there's others that have come up with another way to do it, this is just mine.

first you need the part cut in the shape you want obviously. I use a thinner styrene sheet, .15 I think. No structural strength but easy to trim, thats the key.

Then mark where you want you x to be( or slot, square, v whatever)

Then I use a pin vise with a small bit(1/16 usually) and drill a marker hole. You'll note I dont go right to the top of the x I layed out because Im going to switch to a larger bit next and those lines are where the outside diameter of the larger hole is to be.

I switch to a 5/32 bit in this case and drill out the larger holes. Be sure t put a piece of wood under the plastic because you dont want to drill into your desk do you? Plus this also has the added benefit of preventing tear out. Where the drill rips and shreds it way out the back..thats bad.

Now simply use a ruler and cut out the slots. And voila.

Now laminate it onto another thin sheet of styrene for a thicker more structural piece.


  1. You inspired me to make a Thor. I'm about 90% through the construction. Its been a steep-ish learning curve.

    I've been using 1mm styrene, which has been tough going, what thickness do you use?

  2. I use a few different thicknesses. for structure, .60 styrene sheet and for detail panels and the like .15 sheet. Not sure how those numbers convert but thats whats labeled on the evergreen.
    But i go thru so much styrene that i go to a plastics supplier and get 4x8 sheets to save money.

  3. Very helpful tutorial, try´d that kinda thing too sometime, but the outcome wasn´t that good as yours.
    Need to try this sometime around ;)