After several months of working I finally got around to photographing some of the furniture I have been working. I have been exploring the idea of raw edges and finished edges meeting. To that end the tables are made out of slabs of ash cut in half and then one side flipped to the other so the raw edges are in the center and not on the side. This is not a new idea of course. Googleing the words “river table” will provide lots of examples of this style. The wood grain of the ash gives the look of a topographical map with the glass serving as the water feature in the map. I am also working on a floor lamp and entry way table that continue to explore this idea.
The end table features legs turned from ash with a raw edge left on a single leg. The wood top is a cross section of a maple tree also turned on the lathe to leave the bark on part of the round edge. I am really happy with how these pieces turned out and would be happy to talk anyone through the process.
Finally the last piece is the table lamp that many of you have seen around the space. It was fun to blend walnut and concrete into this project. This was my first attempt at steam bending and it went well. A couple plastic bags, a hose, a tea pot, and a electric burner got the job done just fine.
This project began much like many of my projects at Milwaukee Makerspace have: an off-the-cuff discussion; in this case, with Lance Lamont about a possible project for Maker Faire Milwaukee. After a few rounds of discussion, we came up with the idea of an electromagnetic crane. I decided I’d attempt to build one similar to this style, and that I’d start off with the magnet. I purchased several small electromagnets from Tom‘s favorite website, Banggood. Thus, the MicroMagnetArray was born:
And failed miserably. Running at 18v (50% more than its rated voltage!), it was only drawing ~200mA, and could only lift 2-4 of the 7/16ths nuts I’d borrowed for use as ballast.
So my inner maker came boiling to the surface and yelled at me, “why not wind my own!?”… Continue reading
Join us on the evening of Friday, June 3rd, 2016 for Bay View Gallery Night! We’ll be open and have plenty of things to show you, much of it made at the space by our members, but we’ll also have a few guest artists from the community as well.
(Rumor has it this is the only BVGN happening this year, so don’t miss it! And hey, maybe your friends are going!)
We’ve been printing wheels… lots of wheel! We tested some at Madison Mini Maker Faire’s Nerdy Derby event last weekend, and we’ve been using Son of Megamax to crank out little plastic wheels.
Yes, we are printing 37 wheels at a time! And we’re using ABS filament from CoEx in Appleton, Wisconsin. They were kind enough to supply us with some spools of filament to keep SoM busying printing pretty much day and night!
I know you’re wondering how we keep an eye on all those wheels being printed. Well, when we’re not at the space we just check out the Milwaukee Makerspace Webcam. (As long as it’s pointed in the right direction.)
(Thanks again to Coex for the filament donation!)
Four 1/2″ diameter lengths of EMT, twelve hose clamps, nine square feet of MDF, and some wood screws. Two hours to design and build. Continue reading