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Coffee Table for Justin by Ashley Cole

The past couple of weeks have been a whirlwind. I started a new job at TechShop here in Pittsburgh and also had a few great opportunities presented to me that are going to be started soon. One of those projects is a coffee table and two wall panels for my friend Justin. He was moving into a super modern and industrial space in Charleston, South Carolina and wanted something that would add character to the space without removing the modern feel. 

We started the process designing up options and discussing coloring and styling. The legs were the tricky part, they didn't actually arrive until 10 days later than scheduled but they were oh so worth it. Once I got started, the process moved along quickly and the table came together. This was the first time I used cleats rather than metal attachments for the legs and I must say that they are nicer and appear to be much more stable than any other option I've found. 

So, here it is:

 

 

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I'm going to try to get some new product in the shop soon, but with everything going on I'm unsure as to when that'll be! If you're interested in something feel free to email me.

Stay tuned for some great projects in the works. I'm not able to say much about it right now but once we get started, you'll get glimpses through my Instagram

Streets of the Burgh by Ashley Cole

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I managed to score this beautiful chair today for free. FOR FREE.  

 

I'll just give you a minute to process that. 

 

OKAY, now, I'm thinking that I'm going to overhaul this baby in some mud cloth I have from a previous chair redo. I can't wait to get started. I also would like to mention how insane I likely look to people that are seeing my shenanigans as I definitely carried the chair through a snowy park to get the picture against a wall I really have dreamed about taking a photo against. I just couldn't resist.

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I also went by CJ today and snagged some great hardware for a cabinet I'm building this week. I can't wait to produce this piece and the hinges I bought are going to be perfect.  

 

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Boxzy Interview Day by Ashley Cole

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I spent my day at Tech Shop Pittsburgh hanging out with the awesome creators of Boxzy. It's a 3D printer, laser etcher, and CNC all in one. I used the laser etcher to engrave a board for the wonderful Martina Thornhill. I'll be featured, along with a few other makers, in their Kickstarter video. I can't wait for it to debut and to get my hands on one of these awesome machines for my home!

 

Boxzy was incredibly easy to use and the interface is very straightforward. All in all it took probably about 10 minutes to prepare (with the exception of a snag on the logo that had nothing to do with the actual machine itself).  I actually prefer this machine to the others I have used due to the fact that the Boxzy engraves more like a wood burner rather than a laser etcher. It has a more authentic styling to the engraving. 

 

 

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Learning new things by Ashley Cole

I'm impatient and often I buy things out of excitement without real thought. This time, I didn't. I've been waiting and planning and plotting and thanks hugely to the men and women at our local Rockler for patiently answering every question, I bought a lathe! 

 

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I'm so excited learn new things and teach myself the ways of this wonderful machine. Heck, there may even be new pieces coming your way soon enough! (Ha, okay maybe not that soon.) 

Thank you, Pittsburgh by Ashley Cole

Yesterday, was a wonderful experience filled with old friends and new faces. Thank you for making the I Made It! Market such a success and to my close friends for my birthday surprises. (Looking at you, Stacey- the Oakmont tiramisu cake may have been my favorite part of the day.) 

 

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I'm doing a shop update tomorrow at 11AM with all unsold goods from the market and I hope you all enjoy!