Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
I don't like Alias, Alias doesn't like me.... none the less, not knowing Alias is not an option and I'm tired of it always pooping on my design parade. I resent being in a situation where I am forced to adjust my design intent due to an inability create accurate geometry... so commence Alias tutorial overload.
Helmet Tutorial here
Friday, December 10, 2010
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
I'm getting close to finally wrapping up my speaker project, it's taken me a lot longer than I expected, mainly because it's spent most of the time in various forms of incompleteness sitting on my work bench neglected.
The construction process was pretty straight forward, made my clay version, sliced it up, transfered the forms to wood and rebuilt it all.
First mistake I made was trying to cut corners and use a Dremel, which was a complete waste of time and ended up taking more time than a good rasp would have.
Once everything was test fitted I ended up deciding to go for a darker stain, which required me using General's Java Gel stain, which works pretty well when trying to stain a light wood to look like a dark wood. Unlike a oil based stain the gel stain works more like a paint and sits on the surface. Having gone through the process it would have been a lot better to just start with a darker variety.
For the varnish I used Rockhard Table Top Varnish from Behlen's. The finish isn't perfect yet, will probably redo it since there is quite a bit of swirl right now.
Couple of Pictures from my NYC trip that I have played around with using Lightroom. All pictures where taken with a $90 Canon point and shoot in auto mode.
I'm increasingly interested by the possibilities that a DSLR or Micro 4/3rds camera could provide.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Last Friday I participated in a belt sander race at Losantiville Kunstwerkhaus in celebration of the Summer Sophomore power tool studio. Had a great time and I will be posting some of the video from the event when I get my hands on it.
We all bought the same harbor Freight belt sander, other than that you were allowed to make any modifications you wanted. I was able to get all my supplies from the local junk yard and thrift store.
I went mostly cosmetic, going for a mini batman tumbler aesthetic. The two guide wheels in the front helped keep it in it's track and the anti wheelie wheel in the back was mainly for show. I originally tried a friction drive but after smoking a bunch of tires just went with the belt was my drive source. I switched the belt down to a 40 grit and coated it in rubberized truck bed liner. I only had an evening (the night before!) effectively to put it all together so if I do another it will definitely be more elaborate.
Thanks to Matt Anthony and the folks over at Losantiville for hosting the event and to Professor Peter Chamberlain for helping bring it all together.
Will post more pictures and some video as I get it.