…in the darkForest

After doing my first infinite box for Nothing, I decide that would be a nice project for this class and I collaborate it with Yining Shi. The idea was to build a bigger box, with some installation in the middle to be able to see this infinity.

The first step was to design the box, we give a lot of time to this step of the project in order to have the right measures at the first CNC cut and don’t have wasted

After having all parts cut in the CNC we put them together, and paste them with wood glue.

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For the inside circuit we use the 555LED flasher for the LED of the acrylic butterflies.Screen Shot 2015-05-12 at 2.31.28 PMIMG_5213





After everything was set we put the remaining parts 3 transparent acrylics and a mirror (one of the acrylics covered in one side mirror film).

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Here’s a video of the finished project.


Metal lathe

Without having an specific design to star with in this homework, I look on the web for metal lathe projects and this design I like it.inpiration

So first we polish the piece to make it look nice.

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Then with the partition tool mark one of the endings, measure it, and mark the same measure to the other 2 copy

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Then we started taking the material in between the marks, changing the facing direction in order to have straight angles.
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Finally we sand the piece and shoot nice photos of the finish project.
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Turning Using 4 Jaw Chuck

We use the piece of last skill builder for this project. First we shape the bottom of the wood in order to have the space necessary to grab with the 4 jaw chuck.

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I wanted to make a little box for this project, here are the steps I took:

After securing the piece in the jaw chuck, I started marking the size of the top

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After sanding and adding oil finish, we took the top of the piece and start working in the hole. In this part it took me some time finding out the most comfortable tool to work with. Which at the end was the small gouge chisel.

photo 2I was sure to measure that the diameter of the hole will be the same size I left on the top. After sanding and finishing with a layer of wood oil the piece was ready for some pic.
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Foosball player

I wanted to do with the same size of wood I did skill builder project, but the dimension was to big for the foosball player, so I pick a smaller piece that fit the player size. First I draw the sketch (wine glass) on it and drill the holes to fit in the table.

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In the lathe I started shaping the piece with the nose scraper to have a cylinder, making sure not too loose the mark points. Marked the limits and the bending points with the parting tool.

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In the test fitting, the holes for the screw were not aligned so I drilled another hole while the piece was in the table.

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Seal the wood using 123 primer, and then paint it with acrylic white paint and let it dry.

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To decorate the player I use as example this painting by Picasso.

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skill builder

For the skill builder we start shaping a piece of wood in a cylinder with a nose scraper in order to mark where the bending and the limits of the piece would be.
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Using the parting tool we got the diameter size of the different part of the piece. Then I used the nose scraper to give the shape I was looking for.
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Finally we sanded the piece.
photo 5For a future time i will use a smaller nose scraper to have a more define shape, and I would be more gentle to cause less damage to the material.


Pedal board


For this project we used 4 cut CNC wood pieces for the base, and one piece for the body of the pedal board (where the pedals are located). First I started cutting the stands (3 were 3/4″ and other one 1/2″).

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After checking that the finger tenons joint works, we attached the upper piece of wood that would fit in the pockets made  in 2 bases.

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I forgot that with the 1/4″ you can’t have straight corner pockets, so I have to resize the joint for the base in the middle of the board.

After having all dry fitted, I glue the junctions, clamped it and leave it like that for a night.
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I painted the wood with a dark brown to give it an oak touch.
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CNC joints,

I choose the joints for this assignment to be some that will work for the pedal board project.

The first try I realize the CNC didn’t left a clean right  angle (90 degrees) because of the circular bit, for that reason the joints didn’t fit perfect.
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In order for them to fit, I drill a small whole and sand the curve parts.2015-02-25 13.00.51

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I also try with fingertip tenons type of joint, having a good result.

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other mill

This week assignment we used the tool othermill to create a piece. My final template was the following, couldn’t add the one I wanted because the bit I had wasn’t meant for my first drawing..chacainFirst we had to measure the dimension of the aluminum plate so we can upload the info in Other plan software. Then we reset the home position and checked the parameters asked by the software.
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While milling the first time, I realized that the location of my plate wasn’t set at the origin and forgot to type the offset in the software. I had to stop it and start again with the right measures.

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It took around 1 hour and 40 minutes for the machine to finish the piece. After that we sand the corners and both sides of the piece to have a nice shining ending.

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Week 1 home work

The first step for this assignment was to measure 1′ by 1′ in a piece of wood, after we found the center of this 1′ x 1′ and draw another square of 6” x 6” on one of the corners.

Then we drill a whole on the center to put the center pin and the circle jig.
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Using the router and the circle jig, we edge 3/4 of a circle. It took me 6 times to cut the wood completely.

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Now it was time to edge a straight line that join the two ending of the circumference. For this we measured the distance from the border of the router to the inside and to the outside of the router mill.

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Because of the units used I had a hard time having the average of the 2 measurements so decided to use 2.9” as offset to set the ruler with the clamps in order to edge the line I need it.IMG_1187 IMG_1188