Thursday, 16 October 2014

Round Mechanical Iris Box

I decided to make a round box.  It has 64 flat sides, which when put in a circle, gives it a fairly round look.  I also want to put an "Mechanical Iris" on the top, so you can open it in an interesting manner.

Here is the design from SketchUp.

The design has some green in it, because my initial thought was to put green paper behind those elements in the box.   I later decided against it.

Here are some pictures of the final box, cut in MDF.  Now that I know this prototype works, I can re-cut it in some nicer wood, like poplar, or Baltic birch.

I did end up using paper to decorate part of it, but it was in the iris parts, in red, and not on the main box.

The big challenge with this box was assembling it.   I actually ended up cutting a piece just to hold the 64 sides in place while I glued them.


  1. Hi,
    What is the mechanic behind the top? Thanks!

  2. would you be willing to share the design so that others may make this as well?

  3. I'd be very interested in having a crack at this myself if you were willing to share the plans? It's beautiful!

  4. yes please share the way to make it!

  5. Hi i love your design, would you be interested in shearing it with me so i can do it with my kids and maybe tri making it in metal.

  6. Very nicely done sir .
    Where could a person find the files to run on my snap maker 3 in 1 printer .