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So I had family coming to visit, but I had just moved in. I had to fill parts of the house with something (this place is huge compared to my old apartment) but my funds were a bit too low to whip up some actually nice things. This is the best I could do with the time and money I had.
The chair in the foreground was my next version of the Lola chair. I have been wanting to use plywood with a through cut mortise and tenon and finish it with a wedge. No glue, no screws. The first one was a bit too weak, but worked to show I could do it.
The second one was much stronger (by leaps and bounds) but I was still working with the ugliest plywood you ever did see. What I did have was a giant tub of drywall patch. So... this is what it looks like when you use drywall patch as wood filler on plywood that no one should be using for furniture. I finished it with wax and was kinda surprised with the nice smooth feel and overall look using this desperate technique. I still need to rework the back rest and seat but this chair is starting to be quite nice.
The table was just thrown together with the largest bits of wood I had left.
Here you can see the joints. They are crazy strong and I am really pleased with the way they look.
Below is my outdoor deck set. Literally made from what had hit the floor as off cuts from my last two chairs and a board I found in my crawl space.
I was asked to work with a designer from Glow Studio
to fabricate these two lovely lights for the I. Martin bike shop in Los Angeles. The parts were all provided by the shop and I only had to make just a few small adjustments from the original design.
This was a more playful take on the Cord of Wood
series. The white sockets seen here have been used in all of the Cord of Wood
lamps since the first run seen in one of my earlier posts. I doubt any two are quite the same, as I have never made any measurements, nor do I intend to.
Most of the time when one hears rapid prototyping, images of bits and bobs that one can palm with nary any effort at all flood one's mind. Well I don't have a 3D printer that can make anything that I can sit in (on perhaps, but not comfortably).
I had been futzing with the box edit tool in Rhino for far too long and had these chair"ish" blobs that I really wanted to see in full scale. So I put the files into 123D Make and got out my old art projector. After tracing and cutting out the numbered tab and slot patterns, my blob chairs were starting to take shape.
Finally being able to see these full size and get a sense of what it would be like to actually sit in them was a kind of relief. Not everything that looks good in the computer looks so great out here in the real. But it's a lot easier to see and trim the problem areas, or even thicken them where needs be, when you have them sitting in front of you.
After I put one together, I would modify the file. Then the next, and so on. I have a huge pile of boxes so they only cost time to make (about 4-5 hours start to finish not counting exacto cuts). I know that foam is the more traditional material for this kind of thing, but it's expensive and not biodegradable.
The next step will be prepping the surface (old school paper and glue), then some metal glaze. Finally the fiberglass will go on and then I will have my spaceship egg blob chairs (better name on the way, I promise).