Archive for the ‘Get Yourself a Lathe’ Category

Working on an Idea

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Turn on metal lathe

Been fooling around with a linear motion prototype. The metal lathe makes life easy some times. Unfortunately, I had to kill a couple of c-clamps for the cause.

Cut off threaded part

Tighten onto sacrificial threaded rod

Turning on the Metal Lathe

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Finished Part with 1/4" Set Screw

Trying to get my chops back on the metal lathe. Simple turnings, facing, parting, drilling, and tapping.

Faced and Parted

Faced and Parted

Work way up with larger bits

Tap the hole

Walnut Turnings

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Turned Walnut

Some turned walnut enclosures for a friend. There is a lot going on inside of these.

Refurbished Cherry Lamp

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Refurbished Cherry Lamp

I just refinished an old cherry lamp I made my friend Corban a while back. The wax finish really deteriorated, but it came right back with a little TLC. What really surprised me was the light and dark parts of the grain changed dramatically over the years.

Cherry Lamp 2

The lamp 7 years ago.

Duality: The Connected Change Dish

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Matt Richardson and I worked together on a project called Duality for Intel and Mashable. Mashable paired creators, equipped them with Intel-powered devices and gave them 16 days to build something special. We created an internet-connected change dish.

The dish can alert users with a subtle signal that you can program with a reminder for when you’re on the way out the door or just coming home.

Walnut Alert Dish

It was a quick deadline, but a great project to work on. Thanks Matt, Lauren, Tony, and the rest of the film crew.

Raw Parts for Dish

For more info, click here. If you share it out, please do so with the hashtag #Duality.

The Dancer Pepper Mill

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Pepper Mill

I fabricated the Dancer Pepper Mill prototype for Frank Benson. It was made from a material called colorply that I loved working with.

Colorply Pepper Mill

Colorply Pepper Mill

Complex has a great write up of it:

“The Dancer Salt and Pepper mills are made of an imported composite wood which was used to create the bar for CafĂ© Dancer in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. The mouthwatering red, white, and green caprese salad colors intrinsic to the material will enliven any table with a festive and puzzling air while providing freshly ground seasoning for every meal.”

Meet the Maker

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Maker Videos: Ben Light from Apartment Therapy Media on Vimeo.

The amazing people at Apartment Therapy were kind enough to make a video about my work. They made me look much better than I actually am.

Thanks Rebecca and Sara.

Apartment Therapy Design Evening

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

I was invited to speak earlier this month at Apartment Therapy’s Design Evenings. Here is the footage. Thanks Maxwell and Ashley, I had a blast.

Turning MAD

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Lamp Bases in the works

Red Cedar Lamp

Lamp with Log

MAD Open Studios

Just some quick images of what I’ve been working on at the MAD Museum Open Studios.

Open Studios at the MAD Museum

Saturday, May 18th, 2013

Mad Museum

Starting May 23rd, I will be working every Thursday this summer in the Mad Museum Open Studios.

I will be making lamps and other turned objects from a lathe that looks down on Columbus Circle. Going to be a great summer.