I haven’t posted anything since the doll house bookshelf but I haven’t put a hold on my work. There are few things I have made since then and I don’t know where to start. I was asked by a friend to help him out and build a little free library for the Urban Ecology Center. The Urban Ecology center has a small stash of lumber that is from old projects or just donated. Looking through the supply I noticed that they had an abundant of red cedar. Cedar naturally is great for outdoor use do to it’s inability to rot and the smell wards of insects. Knowing what I had to work with, I then made a 3D model in Autodesk Inventor
I like modeling in inventor because I can build every part and then print off prints from that assembly. here are the prints that I came up with.
The prints don’t go exactly in depth as to how I made the cedar shingles and I did put a brace in near the vent but it was a very good way to start.
Once I had my build of materials I took the cedar to Tiffin Millwork, a local cabinetry shop that I tend to go to time to time to use some of their tools. I planed and drum sanded the cedar to 3/4″
after milling all the wood to size I brought it home, sanded it down and then started cutting it up according to the the prints. here is the progression:
I didn’t take photos of the face frame progression but I used mortise and tenons to join the wood. I also then cut a piece of baltic birch for the top.
I Then cut up a lot of cedar shingles and nailed them to the top using stainless brad nails.
I then made the doors and mounted them along with the hardware. I used a type of plexiglas for the windows. Here is a photo of the joinery on the doors and faceframe.
Overall I think the project turned out nice and I’m sure people love using it. Here are more photos of the final project.
As for the next few bits of news in that time that I started working on the little free library I graduated from MATC with my welding technical diploma. I was able to pick up this bad boy.
It’s the Lincoln Electric Power MIG 210 MP. I was fortunate to have got all of the accessories to. The 210 MP is a multi-process welder meaning it can do MIG, TIG and Stick welding. I also have the Aluminum Spool gun accessory so I can MIG weld Aluminum. This tool has definitely come in handy.
Going on to another process, I was asked to make a long board for someone. I had only enough emulsion for one more screen print and I had used up all of the screen material for this so this is the last print I’ll be making for a while. I made the board but I don’t have many pictures of this project unfortunately. Here is the dark room setup I have.
I then burned the transparency on my exposure table that I built not too long ago.
after burning the image I washed it out so the image remained
I don’t have any photos of this longboard unfortunately.
After this print I decided it was time to put the printing press in the crawl space and make room in the garage.
I have been working on getting an aluminum furnace up and running. I decided to go with a charcoal fueled furnace.
I built a crucible from some steel and I built some tongs with scrap at school.
I recently built a shank for pouring the crucible too.
I did try to melt some aluminum with the furnace I built with my friend Simon but we didn’t wait till it got hot enough. here are some of the photos of the furnace we built and it’s first test run.
Seeing that we didnt have a lid, it didnt get as hot as it should have. We also didn’t have the shank so it didn’t pour very successfully.
This project has been set to the side now that I can pour at Milwaukee Makerspace. I do want to finish 2 other castings I have been working on before I start another sculpture though.
Since I have gotten some new things in the garage I tried changing things up a little. I converted my large work table to a welding table which is kind of unsafe seeing that I only just put sheet metal on top of plywood but I mostly just TIG weld and weld thin metal so I don’t smoldering an issue. It works for now
Since I have decided to convert my main work table into a welding table I needed to get fiberglass welding blankets to cover things. I also built a cabinet for my dust collection system. I used 3/4″ baltic birch with a white oak faceframe
A couple months ago I had upgraded my exhaust system for painting. I was able to buy some old furnace blowers for really cheap and I made a housing for them in the window.
I don’t have any other pictures of the final exhaust system but It works fantastic. I put filters in it . All of the air really moves and the paint fumes go straight out the window.
putting good use to the exauhst system I did some touch up work on my Dad’s car. I removed the rust, primed it feathered in the fender and clear coated it.
I bought this airbrush and I’ve Been trying to learn how to use it but mostly I have been using it for touch ups.
I fabricated a reservoir for this liquid cooled computer and helped put together the cooling system
I bought this oxyacetylene setup off of a co-worker for a pretty good deal.
I replaced the motherboard on this hp laptop
I also sold this flower pressing, It is a hydrangea mounted on baltic birch ply framed with a hard maple frame.
I’ve taken up a new trade blacksmithing. I haven’t explored much of it but I have made some trivets which turned out quite nice. People tend to like these little things so they have been selling pretty well. I can put a beeswax finish on it or a high heat black. If your interested you can buy them on etsy http://etsy.me/1kLLL0K
I also did some pumpkin carving this Halloween.
here is a painting did in collaboration with my friend Maria
I recently just finished a coffee table which is on sale right now on etsy http://etsy.me/1kLerXQ
I started with a 3D model
I had some curly maple left over from the pentagon coffee table and so I cut it up, glued it together and then milled it at Tiffin Millwork.
I then cut the 1′ square tubing and then welded up the frame.
I test fit it just for a mock up before painting. I started with primer, then base coat, then finished with high gloss clear.
I had to do a few coats on the wood with wet sanding in between. I screwed on the wood to the brackets and it here are the final shots.
So that’s what I’ve been up to, I hope to keep this blog more current. It took a while to sift through everything I’ve done in the past months.