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I have a customer that I was able to do lots of different things for in the last year. A while back, she asked me for a dinner bell, this is what I came up with. Every part was found and reconfigured, or made from scratch, even the mounting fasteners. No welds are visible anywhere!

You may notice the gate I made in the background…
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When you need to assemble fasteners without damaging the finish, Delrin saves the day! It took me maybe an hour to whip these up, problems solved.

When you need to assemble fasteners without damaging the finish, Delrin saves the day! It took me maybe an hour to whip these up, problems solved.

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I found an old stick that I tried to make into a slingshot when I was a kid. After removing the rotten old rubber bands, rewhittling the fork ends, wrapping the handle, and installing proper surgical tubing, this thing works better than my wrist rocket. I will be giving it to my son for his birthday tonight.

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This is a light I started building today for a client that requested the lighting to produce interesting rays of light in a small space.  I mocked it up with paper before I CNC plasma cut the pieces. Tomorrow it gets its guts and hopefully by next week the finish will be in place.

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So, apparently I’m in the craft of making hairpin legs for the people I care about… I may actually start producing them as a product, though there are far too many competitors out there.

My wife asked me to make four for our kids’ art table that she wanted to make as a Christmas present ti them. I made 16 instead. .. Four of them (for the kids’ art table) were made to be 20” high, painted matte turquoise on the top 5”, and clear lacquered the rest of the way down. The rest went to a few other projects for my older sister and I…

These seem to be superior to most of the commercially available units as the are made with 7/16” cold rolled steel (not 3/8” hot rolled steel), the top plates are 3/16” (not 1/8”  or 10ga.), and the legs are fillet welded at the base of the top plates AND plug welded on the top of the top plates. I made a couple of jigs that made the replication super consistent, and I can make them virtually any height.  The top plates were very easy to make, because I just plasma cut them all… I’m considering powder coating a few sets too…

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These are a few name frames that I made for a friend to give to his in laws for Christmas.  The top photo shows the completed look. They are all 18 gage cold rolled steel, that has been hammered out to mimic the sheet metal techniques of the craftsman who worked for Gaudi. The style is in reminiscence of the Casa Mila entrance doors, with my own design and fabrication stylings. The tiles were supplied and purchased by my friend while on holiday in Barcelona.  The black color of the finished frames was a chemical plating/patina that I used to turn the steel matte black. Enjoy!

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This was I little project that I did recently. 
I swapped out the plasma torch on my cnc plasma table for a router, and taught myself the programming to complete the sign. I had been wanting to try this ever since I got my table, and was finally given the opportunity when a local graphic designer came knocking. After some heavy thought, I got the router mounted and VERY slowly figured out how to make the program run the router.
The circle with the bird in it, is 1/4” hot rolled steel with a beeswax finish, and is flush with the surface of the wood.
The text near the bottom is 1/8” hot rolled steel, and also beeswaxed and sunk flush into the wood.

This was I little project that I did recently.

I swapped out the plasma torch on my cnc plasma table for a router, and taught myself the programming to complete the sign. I had been wanting to try this ever since I got my table, and was finally given the opportunity when a local graphic designer came knocking. After some heavy thought, I got the router mounted and VERY slowly figured out how to make the program run the router.

The circle with the bird in it, is 1/4” hot rolled steel with a beeswax finish, and is flush with the surface of the wood.

The text near the bottom is 1/8” hot rolled steel, and also beeswaxed and sunk flush into the wood.

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A credenza That I made for my wife for her birthday. Oh, and six shelves… If you look closely, the breaks between the shelves are staggered. This took more layout and attention to detail than you would believe! All of the shelf brackets are welded to the shelves, and had to be dead-on to hit studs. I chose to put the shelf brackets on top to act as bookends, and when books are actually in place, the shelf brackets disappear. This causes the viewer to see the lateral shelves as floating pieces of 10 gauge (1/8”) platforms with no obvious retainers.

The credenza is 3/4” square tubing, skinned with 14 gauge HRS, and the doors are 1/4” birch veneer plywood. I had to make custom bypass door tracks from scratch to accommodate my design. I plasma cut the counter top out of 10 gauge HRS, and finished it with beeswax. If you look close, you can see the cord grommet that I incorporated.

Hope you like it!

PS… I know my photos suck, but you get the idea!

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dustdb:
http://www.dwell.com/profiles/article/american-made-design-dust
DUST furniture in dwell!
Way to go guys! I still can’t believe you landed me a callout on the page too! Keep it up!

dustdb:

http://www.dwell.com/profiles/article/american-made-design-dust

DUST furniture in dwell!

Way to go guys! I still can’t believe you landed me a callout on the page too! Keep it up!

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I’m currently building a couple of these, but it’s a look at what’s to come… There are still several stages awaiting completion, and these should be ready within the week. I currently need to make several cuts and drill a few holes, sand blast all of the components, and finish them. Any guesses as to what I’m making? I will likely post one or both for sale on Etsy when they are finished…

More to come!

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I have needed a tool post grinder for a long time… So, I made up a simple tool holder last week to fit on my QCTP (quick change tool post), and it uses my old Dremel flex shaft.

Right after this photo was taken, I shut the lathe down, but did not shut down the grinder… When I rotated the work piece, my pinky found the grinder…

I have needed a tool post grinder for a long time… So, I made up a simple tool holder last week to fit on my QCTP (quick change tool post), and it uses my old Dremel flex shaft.

Right after this photo was taken, I shut the lathe down, but did not shut down the grinder… When I rotated the work piece, my pinky found the grinder…

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Here’s the jig for the top of the chair. It’s all 1/4”  A36 plate. Still need to make the bending dies, and a stand for the whole thing… The chair only uses two pieces of steel rod, hence the two part jig.

Here’s the jig for the top of the chair. It’s all 1/4” A36 plate. Still need to make the bending dies, and a stand for the whole thing… The chair only uses two pieces of steel rod, hence the two part jig.

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So, I’m in the smack-middle of building a jig to bend steel rod into chairs. It’s a two part jig, the base (shown), and the top. Look close for the awesome joinery at the corners… Many more posts to come on this project!

So, I’m in the smack-middle of building a jig to bend steel rod into chairs. It’s a two part jig, the base (shown), and the top. Look close for the awesome joinery at the corners… Many more posts to come on this project!