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Portal Weighted Storage Cube - Part II

With the main body pretty much finished, it was time to print the corners and edges.

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I held the inserts over the stove for about 20 seconds and then pressed them into the holes with a pair of pliers. It worked perfectly.

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I started off with four corners, and four of the mounts.

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With a corner in place, I just have to pop the mount in the corner and thread the screw right in.

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Everything lines up perfectly. There's no way those corners are coming off.

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Everything sits nice and flush.

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I then went ahead and tried the remaining three just to make sure that everything fit OK.

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Looks like everything is perfect, so I went ahead and printed four more corners. They're good to go, and ready for sanding.

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I then printed the edges. I ran out of yellow, so on with the orange. I put little indents on the inside so the glue has somewhere to go.

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They fit really well and look great. With that, I printed another eight edges.

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With all the parts printed, it was time for more Bondo and sanding. One of the yellow corners had a wonky looking edge. I got a little over-zealous with the sander and sort of melted a spot. Another, well that insert didn't go in properly. It was a little off-center. I tried to heat it back up with a lighter, but I made a mess of it. It wasn't worth the time it would take to repair them; not when I can just print new ones. I'm so glad I'm painting this, it's starting to look like fruit salad.

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With all the pieces sanded and Bondo'd, it was time for some primer. I suspect after the first coat of primer goes on, a whole slew of imperfections will be made evident. I'll most likely have to go back and do some spot repairs and sanding.

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As suspected, there's a few imperfections that need to be cleaned up. There's some pitting here and there on the corners. The edge pieces look pretty good. They just need a light sanding and a second coat. The bezels came out awesome.

I picked up some Bondo spot putty to fill in some of the small holes and minor imperfections.

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This stuff works great to help smooth out little imperfections. It dries quickly, so you can get right back into sanding.

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I cleaned up all the pieces, and gave them another coat of primer. This time, I made a more elaborate painting rig so the parts weren't sitting on the cardboard.

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Wine corks and a hot glue gun to the rescue.

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That worked perfectly.

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While the paint dries, I got to work on printing the center circles that I'll glue to the center of the acrylic.

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They're just 2mm tall circles with a beveled edge.

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Although, after they were printed, the beveled edges were hardly noticeable.

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I had to sand the edges down. I'll give them one final wet-sanding with some 800 grit paper before painting them.

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That just about does it. Time for a top coat.

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A few coats later, everything was looking pretty good.

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The main body is a little darker than I'd like it, but these are the only two tones of gray I could find at Home Depot.

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I laid a few of the pieces on the top just to get a better sense of what it'll look like when it's all put together. It looks really cool, but I think the colors are all wrong.

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I think I'm going to have to mix my own shades of gray and paint it by hand.

See this project from start to finish:
Portal Weighted Storage Cube - Part I
Portal Weighted Storage Cube - Part II
Portal Weighted Storage Cube - Part III
Portal Weighted Storage Cube - Part IV