Making multiples

Hey Fellas!

This week for fabrication class we talked about “multiples” and about how do we make the process of creating many of something me efficient. Turns out that the key point is planning well your steps. This will spare you many hours.

So for my homework I decided to make wooden picture frames. These are the first sketches of my idea:

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This is how the entire process went:

I took a long piece of poplar wood and cut it in smaller pieces:

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Then I went to the router and shaped it the way I wanted my design to be.  I used 3 different bits:

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This is how each piece looked like after all the routing:

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So I used sand paper to sand the wood. After doing that they looked like this:

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Then it was time to put the pieces together. My original idea was to cut the end of each piece 45 degrees but I knew it would be really hard for the pieces to fit perfectly. Anyways I wanted to try so, here are a few steps of my process:

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IMG_1903 It did not go so well because neither the wood or the tools were super accurate. So when I tried to put the pieces together they did not fit very well.

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So for the remaining pieces that I had, I decides to use another strategy, putting the sides of the frame together not in 45 degrees, but in 90 degrees with the help of the pocket screw jig:

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And this is how it looked like when it was done:

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I also used the lasercutter to cut the backboard of the frames:

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And this is the final result:

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These are the things I struggled/would do differently next time:

  • Cutting the 45 degree angle;
  • Working with the regular bit in the router (I think the bit was very used);
  • Putting the pieces together without damaging the wood;

One thought on “Making multiples

  1. Good work. Frames are difficult to make, no matter what tools or what skill level.

    I suggest that you should have left the wood in one long strip and run that through the router table. It probably would have made for a quicker time.

    Glad you tried the pocket screw jig. Let’s discuss how you damaged the wood and how it can be avoided.

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