New Year, New Skills

Last year, we learned to make wooden things that were straight, flat, and “square.” Square in this case isn’t about having four equal sides with 90 degree corners but, more about perfectly regular polygons in one or more planes. We also achieved some of the other basics like making air tight two part joints.

The Scroll Saw Beast

This year, we are working on something different: curved and irregular shapes, and cylindrical forms. One can create pretty fun forms by changing the axis on which a cylinder is spun — i.e.  spinning it on different centers — while reducing material. The band saws we have helps with the irregular shapes. We also acquired a “vintage” Delta-Rockwell scroll saw that will allow us to do even trickier stuff as well as a midi-lathe.

Over the past week, we have been having a lot of fun creating and working with cylindrical forms (for the most part). Over the course of the year, we will be integrating these skill to build useful things like lamps, candle holders some kitchen utensils, and small furniture.

Until we get there, however, here are some pictures of what we have been making. Some of this stuff will be productized and put up on our Etsy store. Stay tuned for more.

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