I like cross dowels. They’re those little metal dealies that are used in a lot of furniture and cabinets from Ikea and places like that. You can buy them ready made, but I have some useful equipment to make them. Continue reading
Spring is here after a brutal Minnesota winter (fifth snowiest on record) and I’m thinking of flowers. This one is about 4 inches wide and cuts in less than a minute. It could add a nice decorative touch to a cabinet or bookcase indoors, or adorn a gate, fence, or deck outdoors.
This is a group of them which has been stretched, pulled, and rotated to “individualize” them. I personally like a more organic look like this, but I realize and respect that for a lot of people symmetry in design provides shelter from a chaotic world. The board is held in place on the machine by vacuum and the duct tape seals the edges. Usually I can pull a slightly warped board perfectly flat with the vacuum, which helps immensely when doing a low relief like this.
I also made the angle brackets at the upper corners.
Link to blog entry at TCMaker.
At this very early stage in developing my business a lot of what I’m doing is helping people understand what I can do for them. Here’s something I made to take over and show the guys at the Hack Factory, home to Twin Cities Maker, a great bunch of folks who prove that Yankee Ingenuity is alive and well, and thriving in Minneapolis’ Seward Neighborhood.