It’s been a while since I’ve showed you progress on my Charles Rennie Mackintosh (CRM) room box. I have been moving forward on it, but just didn’t have anything pretty to show. You see, I have been deliberating about how to enclose it. I want to keep the dust out but I also want to see inside and even reach inside to arrange the furnishings.
I finally figured out a way. I started by making a frame of MDF that would be fastened permanently to the walls. Then I worked out a way to add an atrium-style roof insert.
I picked up an 8″ x 10″ sheet of 1/8″ Lexan polycarbonate sheet at Lowe’s and tried a couple ways to cut it. I was pleased to find that my carbide-tipped blade on my Proxxon table saw worked perfectly. I was even able to tilt the blade to make beveled edges along the center to make the peak.
To create the end pieces I made a template from an old file folder to determine the dimensions for the triangles, and then had to figure out a way to cut them. A while back I bought a gadget from Micro-Mark that would enable me to safely slide my material through at an angle. I’m so glad I made that purchase; it worked perfectly!
To support the Lexan, I cut two more triangles of 1/8″ particle board that I had on hand. I planned to glue them to the inner side of my end pieces.
This photo shows the inner workings. You can see the routed edge around the opening and how I offset the two triangle end pieces. The bottom edge offset helps hold the triangles in place. The Lexan will sit on an 1/8″ “ledge” around the opening.
I need to get some glue that is formulated for polycarbonate to fasten the top seam.
The next time you see this project, I will have glued all the pieces together, painted it and removed the protective film. I’ll also move on to a much simpler method for closing the back. Thanks for staying with me on this project.