Little Box : Tray

Marie Sester

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The tray is an important element to the box. It needs to be elevated and flush with the top of the box and also allow the actuators to pass through, lifting the lid. To bring the tray up making it flush with the box we cut clear, square acrylic rod to the height of the box less the material thickness of the Corian. We placed the risers in each corner as supports and the tray rests neatly on them and flush with the exterior box.

We needed to make holes for the actuators to emerge through when lifting the lid.  This was a nerve wracking part of the process, as we only had one chance to make the holes.  Because there was a small tolerance around the border of the lid and because the actuators were elevated slightly above the height to allow the tray to sit flush, we could not use any pattern for making these holes. Our measurements and precaution served us well, though, and our holes were perfect.

We used a 3/8″ drill bit which was slightly wider than the diameter of the rod. Drilling through Corian is relatively easy, but you must drill from the top-side downward because there are small chips on the back side of the drilled hole.

Little box was commisioned by Harvestworks with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts supported by Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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