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:
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!
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.
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.
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.
So we worked in the woodshop to create a custom iPad stand for a client this week. We took an idea she had and made it a bit more streamlined and less bulky. We wanted to create something that was rustic, but modern.
The photo the client gave us was this:
You can see that the bottom lip was incredibly bulky and the actual stand had a photo frame kickstand that it leaned against to gain the appropriate viewing angle. We weren't really a fan of that and thought that it looked bottom heavy and that the entire piece could be made more functional and simply more appealing.
After a few good lessons in viewing angles, we busted out the router and created this little dude: