Well, this past week was all about frustrations. The homework was to work with two different materials (anything we want, except plywood and acrylic).
I chose wood and brass. I had a piece of wood left from earlier weeks and ordered bunch of different brass pieces:
The initial idea was to make some jewellery (necklace, etc.) but I put this idea on hold to see how the entire thing will turn out first.
I first cut and sanded the pieces of wood to be my base material.
Then measured the right size bits for my brass pieces.
The idea was to drill using space bits for both round and rectangle shapes (and sand the corners for the rectangle one)
Choosing spade bit and finished wood were first steps into failure. Soon you’ll see why.
Not only that the spade bit drilled through the material (I only needed a round shape), pressing it a bit harder broke the wood.
FAIL! And also a lesson: when frustrated better postpone doing things for the next day.
I emailed Ben about my failure and he offered to borrow forstner bits as they may be a better fit. And of course, they were.
After I drilled the pieces, I cut them with the band saw to have more or less right size and be able to sand them afterwards.
I also used the router to have another piece for my rectangle shape brass.
I’ve used epoxi to glue pieces together.
Here’s what I’ve got (I still need to sand the rectangle piece and I routed too wide):
I’m not happy at all with this week’s homework: and I know “don’t blame the tool, blame the carpenter”. Also that I wasn’t sure what exactly is that I want to make.
But I’ve got to try these new things:
- cut brass with the metal saw
- learned how to sand metal
- learned how to use the router
- tried out different wood materials
- learned which bit is better when
Next: final project, which I’m already working on with my pcomp group and which will be my fabrication final as well: http://www.itpruta.com/pcomp-final-project-brief/