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Cut and Dry

I’m not off to the salon, or searching for a simple solution, I’m just eager to make progress on the Charles Rennie Macintosh project. I grabbed my mask and headed to the local home improvement store to pick up a sheet of 1/4” MDF. They also had 1/16” basswood sheets so I added that to the cart. I dedicated this week to cutting and dry fitting the structure.

First I cut a piece for the base. You just can’t have too many measuring devices. Good thing I had them, too. It turns out my MDF wasn’t exactly square. I measured more than twice for this first cut, set up a “fence” and ripped it. The blade on the skill saw was a little coarse for mini work so I swapped it for a more suitable blade for the other pieces.

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Hello Cricut

I am a maker, so I bought the Maker. I wasn’t going to. I have the Silhouette Cameo 4, which introduced me to the world of die cut machines. I learned vector graphics, importing files and creating files for my own projects. But there was one thing missing – it wanted to, but it just couldn’t, cut wood.

The Cricut Maker went on sale and I became one of the hoards of hobbyists that grabbed one. Then I spent the rest of my time and resources collecting the essential tools and supplies. I also rearranged my mini making corner to accommodate my two Bad Girls. Yes, I even banished my Peachstone Cottage to the guest room. I threatened to banish my husband, who occupies the other end of the room, but thought that might be interpreted as overreach.

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It’s Not Rocket Science, but it’s Related

It seemed that everything I did this week involved using a screen. Here’s a summary:

For me Sunday’s SpaceX Launch was quite moving. I worked in aerospace for 23 years before retiring. No, I’m not an engineer, but I really enjoyed working with them. It was an honor to witness real rocket scientists at work, so I was excited to see the successful SpaceX Launch on Saturday and docking on Sunday.

Photo from NASA.com. International Space Station Crew in light blue suits, new crew members in dark shirts as viewed from the Mission Control Center at NASA in Houston.
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Chair, Part 2 – It’s Complicated

In the previous post I boldly proclaimed that I would be making bent wood arms for an easy chair. In this post I’ll explain how I did it.

I cut two wood strips for the arms a little longer than indicated by the template and put them in a microwave dish with 1/2″ of water. I covered it and heated it for 1 minute several times over a 2-hour period. The wood will be a little bit pliable.

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