Category Archives: design

Quick

Conductivity of particle trails in relation to faster than light communication, because a particle is simply the tip of a branch of a space time tree, or if not a tree, then a jellyfish moving through a cloud chamber; one whose filaments leave mucous trails in the water behind them, which could potentially be utilized by microorganisms to more effectively reach the point of origin and thereby relate to the other organisms where the endpoint is; further expediting the travel process.  The microorganism could be continuous; a worm of sorts filling the trail of that which has come before it, but then that’s just a wormhole.


Corporate

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Bret from Dayton on the line, but so is dawn from Naples.  No need for concern about the new rollout, it doesn’t concern the group in the least unless there issome change that could be taking place in the structure of the object whose framework requires stabilizing brackets at the 18.75 mark, although the coding is sound, the account manager is not.  Hardware from refinished item A needs to be applied to found object B for an aesthetically pleasing result because of the emotional attachment to item C, it cannot be part of the process, which Stan wrote for Eva to test because she knew how to through performing sexual favors at lunch, but that’s just hearsay painted black.

Photo credit:blog.martinbaileyphotography.com


Design

As of late there is only design.  Which is okay; I enjoy design and invention, but it is concerning because shifting to that style of thinking makes it hard to do much else, such as say writing the last two pages of a book.  However, writing this has helped me remember something I meant to do, but lost in a tidal wave of furniture construction mechanics.  There were similar difficulties during the recent rekindling of my sound/instrument/machine interests, which fortunately, unfortunately, sadly, or excellently were shelved in favor of more immediately attainable goals.  As utterly uninteresting as all of this may be, it exposes on some level (or at least vents it for me) some of the technicalities necessary to switch from medium to medium without feeling a sense of something lost.

I suppose a metaphor would be children.  My mind has several children, maybe 4 or so, each of them might have some pets or something that they take care of and maintain.  The children’s names are Art, Craft, Logic and Invention.  They each have their pets, which they sustain with leftovers from what I feed them (not a spectacular existence I’m building here, but there is a point).  Most of the time the children interact and learn form one another in a complimentary fashion, but every once and a while one of them will do something rather unexpected and will draw my full attention, which by the way is also their nourishment. I would surmise that my current state of mind might be attributable to Craft taking some of Invention and Art’s toys and using them to crank out the torrent of furniture construction mechanics mentioned earlier.  Not quite as tricky as Invention or esoteric as Art, Craft tends to be on the more pragmatic side and tends to spend a lot of time trying to figure out Logic, who occasionally helps Craft, but not always in the way Craft would prefer.  Anyway, this  all got a bit ridiculous, but basically I locked Art and Invention out in a blizzard and forgot about them for a few days, which means they’re a bit cold and hungry; so there’s the feeling of guilt, loss, etc…

Developing the lame metaphor above did help, but if something that insubstantial got things moving again, I would assume Art and Invention have been on the verge of starvation for some time.


Something I made

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So this is a mobile bar I designed and built for Black Ankle Vineyards, below is what the wood looked like when I started.

 

 

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Basically some water damaged oak left over from them building their tasting room.

I initially planned something utterly insane and complicated, but my fiancee suggested something a bit more minimalist and industrial and while more expensive (pipe isn’t as cheap as you’d think) it ended up looking good.

So I did three rounds of sanding, one with 80 grit, then 180 grit, then stained it and sanded again with 180, stained it again and then applied a high gloss finish.

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Ended up really smooth and shiny.  Because each board weighed about 80lbs this thing is pretty heavy, so I reinforced the bottom with left over pieces that I applied similar prep to as well as the end caps.  I used 3 1/2 inch lag bolts to hold it together which also sort of match the galvanized steel 3/4″ pipe used.

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Overall I’m pretty happy with it.  I’m building a matching one and then some insane table that I’m sure I’ll post when I’m done.

 


More

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As if it wasn’t enough to be satisfied with a coherent, stable, and surmountable number of tasks; it has become unavoidable to take on new more ambitious and pressing pursuits.  Many of these will no doubt fall by the wayside as things often do, only to be later cannibalized and digested as fiber (content) rich food matter by their more voracious kin.  A shame sort of, but not particularly in that they, like those ultimately completed, generally don’t yield much apart from consumed time, so in the end the difference between the eater and eaten in nominal.

The alternative of course is encasing furniture in concrete, breaking it out, spray painting the resulting relief some obnoxious color and making an exhibition of it.  It would probably be called “Fossilized” or something of a similarly horrible ilk.  Probably already been done, but what do I know?


Things that have been and will be

2013-01-08_20-37-27_347As many do, I have recently been neglecting my blog a bit.  It is not because of laziness or disinterest, but due to productivity in things other than writing; namely designing and building a book shelf and getting my portfolio together for grad school application, which includes making a new piece of art and figuring out how it’s going to work. Hopefully what I’m working on will yield acceptance, however the idiosyncranicity of my previous work along with the likely horror with which my past professors are regarding my requests for letters of recommendation may prevent a positive review of the material.  The first few large scale projects I attempted were not only ridiculously ambitious, but were also undertaken with so little practical guidance that they were doomed at conception.  This is not to say that these projects/presentations/performances were failures; all I’ll say is that in retrospect I fully realize that a good deal of the potential existent in my undergraduate projects was wasted because I didn’t know the right questions to ask.

The photo above is part of my current machine/instrument.  It is skeletal at the moment, but once it’s wired to the microcontrollers I’ve built, each switch will trigger a loop of one of my compositions which were constructed to represent human emotions and other abstracts.  So remorse, anxiety, etc… My impressions anyway.


DIY # 1:Island

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This particular item is not overly sexy or innovative, but extremely solid, functional and would look alright in most kitchens.

I designed and built this kitchen island for about 10 dollars.  Granted I had a lot of scrap wood lying around, but it turned out pretty well for being constructed primarily out of old warped boards.  The placement of the screws is the most important part when working with junk wood, because if the screws are in the wrong place or angle, the wood will split or break away from the frame and then you have to cut a fresh piece and hope you didn’t drill a hole you can’t work around.

The method I attempted to employ in this project was the invisible screws approach, that is to say that at a glance no screws should be visible.  In the case of most furniture people don’t want to see lines of nails or screws as a part of the exterior, unless of course their going for the sloppy rustic look.  I will note that I was not completely successful in hiding all the hardware.  Because of the width, weight and a few minor design decisions it was necessary to add additional support to the bottom of the island to make it stable enough for repeated heavy use.  I couldn’t quite sand all the water damage off the slats, but it ended up looking okay anyway as it is in keeping with some of the curvature and obvious hand cuts used to make said slats.

Materials:

2 Wheels-lots of varieties at home depot, the length of the 34″ 2X4’s below is dependent on the size of the wheels.

6 2X4’s-2 -36″, 2 -34″, 2 -25″

10 1X4’s-2 -28″, 8 -24″

24 1X2’s (I cut these manually and they ended up being more like 1X1.5’s, but you can’t generally buy those) 14 -28″, 4 -25″, 6 -24″-I had lots of water damaged 28″ 1X12’s that I cut up.

lots of 1.5″ drywall screws (don’t judge, it’s all I had)

6- 2″ wood screws

8- 4″ wood screws-excessive, but worked fine.

Sand paper-I used 80 grain, but anything above 50 would probably do.

Power drill

1/8″ drill bit

Phillips head bit

Circular saw

Get all that stuff together and look at the picture.  Island is 28″ wide and 24″ deep.  The easiest way to start is to use the 24″ 1X2’s to connect the 36″ 2X4 to the 34″ 2X4.  The top one is hard to see in the picture, but will be the first one attached and should be flush with the top of the 34″ and 36″ boards.  The positioning of the other 24″ supports determines the shelf height, which is left to the builder’s discretion.  Make sure that the shorter 2X4’s are in the right position to come together properly for the wheels to be on the same side.  Drill holes before you put in the screws.  Use your imagination for the rest.  Comment with any questions.