Recent Projects by Ashley Cole

It's been a while since I've updated, but I have worked on some pretty cool projects recently. Including my first store remodel (the first phase anyway!) Here's a peek into my life.

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:




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

BoXZY Launch by Ashley Cole


You can now sign up to receive your very own BoXZY. They launched the Kickstarter at 9:45 AM EST this morning and are only asking for $50,000. Lets help make their goal a reality and really get this amazing machine off the ground. 

So what is BoXZY exactly?

BoXZY is a desktop fabrication device that is a triple threat. It combines a 3D Printer, CNC Mill, and Laser engraver into one compact machine. It utilizes quick-changing heads so you can shape virtually any materials with a few quick changes. You simply slide an attachment out and replace it with another. BoXZY has a 4 micron resolution and drive all 3 axes with industrial ballscrews! 

But why do I need one?

If you're a maker and a do-er, or even just a stay at home mama that wants to create some cool stuff - you need one. It gives you access to creating cool things in a quick minute. The interface is easier to use than some other machines and quite frankly, you'll spend more on a single machine that has one purpose than you're going to for this guy. 

If you're unaware of all of the cool stuff you can do why don't you check on Thingiverse and Kerf Cases to get an idea of the cool things you can download to 3D print or check out what the cool cats over at Kerf are doing to make their engravings. Maybe then you'll see all of the possibilities that this machine opens up for you.

And if you're still unsure, maybe even just donate $5 and see where it goes. They're really a well deserving, hard working group of people that are doing big things in the PGH. So why not support your local makers? 

Here's the link to their Kickstarter.

Share it, support it, or don't- but there's no complainin' when ya miss out!

Streets of the Burgh by Ashley Cole


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.  



Boxzy Interview Day by Ashley Cole



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.