So I finished my first bowl. In truth the past few months have been mostly waiting for the wood to dry and stabilize. One has to do that by slowly opening a bigger and bigger aperture in the plastic bag the bowl is stored in. At first it literally sweats and then slows down over time. Near the end of drying I had to mitigate some splitting with butterfly keys (a.k.a. bow ties or dutchmen) and then do some filling with cyanoacrylate glue (crazy glue or zap-a-gap) mixed with sawdust.
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You can use Electroluminescent (EL) wire to make a faux-neon sign for your wall or window.
MakeHaven has sensors and Arduinos with them you can take senor data (sound, light, vibration, radio, etc) and turn it into light. How about a skate board that lights brighter the faster you go, or earrings that light up when you shake your head, or a scarf that tells you the temperature.
We bought a bunch of these led lights (neo pixils) for the make-a-thon, register now and start inventing!
We have a Shapeoko CNC will which can many designs into wood and other materials. A great place to start is thinking about makeing a name plaque or even inlaying a design in wood.
MakeHaven has three lasercutters and a 3d scanner. You can create a model or scan an object which you slice in Autodesk’s 123D Make software. This generates a pattern you can use to make fantastic cardboard sculptures.
You can even capture the 3d model by doing a 3d scan.
For our upcoming make-a-thon we are rounding up some ideas of what you can make at the event. Idea number one is to sew and light some clothing.
MakeHaven has sewing machines and there are various fabrics available next door at the creative reuse center. We have lots of LEDs, soldering irons, batteries, arduinos, neopixles, sensors and other supplies electrify your worn creations.
Really I've only been jumping on this project for about 20 minute spurts one or two nights a week. Today I did a good 3-4 hour burst and made some good headway. Neverheless, its oak and relatively uncomprimising. Spoke a little too soon about not annoying Gina with chopping noise from the basement but the upside is that she's retreated to the farthest upper corner of our house, stumbled upon and restarted a quilt project. We're both contemplating submitting these to the Durham Fair. Theres $6 to be made and a sweet-ass blue ribbon.
Being snowed in is a perfect excuse to do more bowl carving. After smoothing the exterior with a draw knife I decided to take a whack (pun intended) at the bowl interior. This is about 15 minutes of hewing with an adze. Bowl carving is done with super green (freshly cut) wood and the block is stored in a sealed plastic bag to avoid too much water loss prior to the finished shape. I try to work symmetrically so that between sessions the bowl will perspire evenly and hopefully avoid warpage. The work is usually done on a tree stump to avoid tool damage.