Vacuum Lamp Round 2

August 24th, 2015

Vacuum Lamp build

Been working on a new version of the Vacuum Lamp. Surprisingly, a friend found the exact model of Electrolux the original was made from. I’ve made some slight modifications for the better, but pretty much the exact design. Only this time the wooden parts are made out of walnut instead of stained oak.

Vacuum Lamp build

Vacuum Lamp build

Cord return unit removed

One More Biggie

August 21st, 2015

More lamps

Turned one more big guy this week. I’m amazed how different the two lamps look even though they are roughly the same shape and from the same tree (pictures don’t quite show how different they look).

More lamps

More lamps

Pluggin a Hole

August 21st, 2015

Plugging a hole in a log Plugging a hole in a log Plugging a hole in a log

I’ve been turning some big logs lately. Unfortunately, one of them was pretty rotten in the center of one end. I drilled it out, turned a plug out of ash, glued it, pounded it in, and then cut it off.

It should hold, right?

Old Pine Board Coffee Table

August 21st, 2015

Mocking up old pine coffee table

I was helping my parents build a coffee table this week. My mom has been holding on to these old rough sawn pine boards for over a decade. We cut them to length and screwed them down to an existing coffee table. After some sanding, it looked great.

About to sand coffee table, can't beat that view

Can’t beat the sanding station’s view.

Rolling Off the Lot

August 4th, 2015

CNCd Toy Cars

Finally finished up some CNC’d toy cars for some nephews. 2.5D cut plywood with some off the shelf wheel assemblies and a couple of coats of shellac. These might look pretty good cut out of walnut.

CNCd Toy Cars

CNCd Toy Cars

CNCd Toy Cars

Floorboards are Great for Milling

August 4th, 2015

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It turns out reclaimed floorboards are kind of perfect for milling. They are flat, made of high quality hard wood, and are free. Just remember to remove all of the nails.

The Counterpointer

July 27th, 2015

I was lucky enough to work with a great artist and friend, Luisa Pereira, on her latest project: the Counterpointer. I just made the wooden box, Weezie and Yotam did all of the rest.

“The Counterpointer is a synthesizer that generates Baroque harmonies to a melody input by the user. The one on show at Red Bull was a collaboration between Luisa Pereira and Yotam Mann.”

Big Lamp Making

July 27th, 2015

Latest lamp

Turned a big one this weekend. Made from the same tree as this guy, so I expect a big split to happen any minute now.

Side note: My nephew helped me out on this one, he did an amazing job.

Latest lamp

Latest lamp

Latest lamp

Lego Experiment: Studs on both sides, Double Lego

July 14th, 2015

Lego experiment: studs on both sides.  Double Lego

This may not be Kosher with the Lego purists out there, but I milled up a Lego brick with studs on both surfaces. Basically, it has two male ends instead of the traditional one male, one female.

Lego experiment: studs on both sides.  Double Lego

Lego Experiment: studs on both sides

Lego Experiment: double studs

Lego Experiment: double studs

Side note, I used old floorboards as the stock material (maple I think). This may be the perfect material for small desktop CNCs. Flat, milled hard wood that is essentially free. Just watch out for nails.

Milled Lego from old floorboard

Wooden Lego Experiment

July 14th, 2015

Wooden Lego Experiment

Milled a quick wooden Lego experiment. I can’t believe it fit the first try. Heavily influenced by Notcot.

More to come.

Wooden Lego Experiment

Wooden Lego Experiment

Wooden Lego Experiment