Sunday, January 27, 2013


One of the perks of being a student is having access to a ceramics lab. Last semester I spent a lot of time throwing on the wheel and got okay at it- unfortunately, I have fallen out of practice and am slowly starting over again. I threw about 12lbs. of clay today and had little success. I will post more pictures as I get back in the flow.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Assembly Table

Today I had some extra time and scrap MDF; what does this mean? Torsion box assembly table! This torsion box is only 24"x36"x2 1/2"- though a flat surface this small could have been more easily achieved by laminating some sheet good together, I wanted to try my hand at this design. Using stop blocks and spacers made everything fit together tight and square. I mounted a clamp in the table (left side to suit the needs of a lefty) and wrapped the outside in some cherry I had around the shop. All in all, I'm happy with the way it came out. For the time being it will sit on saw horses; the final height is still to be determined.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Wooden Foldie Chair

This past summer I picked a wood folding chair up off of someone's curb. Besides a couple loose dowel joints and cobwebs, it was a pretty handsome chair. After some cleaning up, this chair became one of my favorite seats. To my dismay, it had (seemingly) seen the last of its days. I had to drill out and replace three dowels and add a strip of cherry to bring this piece back to life. I'm sorry I don't have any pictures of the repair process, but here is the fixed chair.

Dorm life.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Card Scraper

I just used a card scraper for the first time- it changed my life... Well, maybe not that dramatic, but I will definitely default to the scraper from now on, when practical. I obviously cannot completely do away with sanding, though scraping leaves a finish just as smooth as a 220 grit paper.