May 22nd, 2013 by SLSolarz
Over the next several weeks I will post photos of my rocking-chair project as it progresses. I welcome your feedback and hope that you will help me find a name for this chair.
My design is inspired by 2 sources: the Frank Lloyd Wright Origami Chair and the Converse All Star sneaker. I’ve always wanted to re-design the Origami Chair as an updated, cool lounger. The Converse reference came later, after hours of observation, when it struck me (and my friend Ann who stopped by the Hack Factory for a critique session), that my placement of masking tape around the rockers was reminiscent of a pair of red sneakers (more on this in a future post).
This probably looks like a simple chair to make but there are no right angles so it was tough!
A few years ago I made a large, black lacquered version of FLW’s Origami Chair and I kept one for my own home. Using the chair at my home, I started my new chair by tracing a pattern onto poster board. Then, I made another pattern about 2/3 the size of the large one, tweaked the proportions and used that pattern to cut the plywood.
I am interested in learning tips for sanding complicated shapes like this. It is a slow process for me.
The seat and back are carved from spray foam and covered in body filler then sanded, more body filler, then sanded…
Once I assembled the plywood pieces I carved an ergonomic seat and back out of spray foam. To create a smooth surface, I covered the carved foam in body filler and then did a lot of sanding.
Next week I will discuss the main design problem with FLW’s Origami Chair and whether or not I solved it.
Posted in Posts, projects, Woodworking
- Tags:Converse, design, fiberglass, Frank Lloyd Wright, furniture, furniture design, hack factory, plywood, resin, tinted resin
May 16th, 2013 by videoman
David Bryan, Riley Harrison, Cali Mansty, and Aaron Prust are presenting multiple projects for Northern Spark 2013 on June 8th in Downtown Saint Paul! Northern Spark is an overnight interactive festival starting at 8:58pm and ending at sunrise! We are inviting everyone to come and hang out, and enjoy the festival! The Hack Factory will have three spaces setup for people to come and interact with the Art.
We are also in the process of fundraising for this project, currently we need about $3,800 to help cover the costs of materials, and $4,200 total to cover rewards. We receive all funds that are pledged.
Go donate now!
So lets talk about one of the projects, Strange Attractors. You may remember me from such things as the Raspberry Pi powered cat feeder. While I’m at it again, and making stuff with the Raspberry Pi. I was asked create a few blog posts for MCM that talked about the Raspberry Pi Camera module that I’m going to use in my next project.
Image credit: Alex Weber, http://www.flickr.com/people/8123185@N02/
I am creating an art piece, Strange Attractors, for the Northern Spark Art Festival on June 8th. (more…)
Posted in Electronics, Northern Spark, Raspberry Pi, Uncategorized
- Tags:electronics, Fireflies, hack factory, hacker spaces, hackerspace, Minnesota, Norhtern Spark, NSPK, Raspberry Pi, Saint Paul
January 18th, 2010 by videoman
Twin Cities Maker is going to have a Mini Maker Faire at the Hack Factory on February 13th, 2010! Come one, come all! We’re planning to have the fun start at 2 PM with local makers exhibiting and playing in the newly acquired space. We will also have an Art Show and Party later that night for people to come and experience the space and have some refreshments.
We are looking for you to join us and we are also looking for people to exhibit! If you’re interested, please contact us at email@example.com so we can reserve a spot for you! Also come to our regular Wednesday night meetings if you would like to help us out or get some ideas for your table.
ADMISSION IS FREE!
There will be raffles throughout the day for maker stuff. Light refreshments will be provided at the art show and party.
Makers for the day include:
- Tim Kaiser – Hands-on music, plus a performance
- Joseph Rand – DIY Wind turbine
- Ed Vogel – Displaying of super cool electric cigar box guitars
- Stefan – Showing off some amazing air cannons
- Replica Prop Forum – Replica movie props
- Adam Wolf – Display and playing with Arduinos
- TC Maker sign-up table – Join and become part of the TC Maker community
- TC Maker’s tables to show off your stuff!
- Pat Arneson – Noise toys
- Tripoli Minnesota Rocketry Club
- Meg Koslowski and Andy Rennert – Art cars on display! Transform the thing you drive into something that is a work of Art!
- Nick and Jim of TC Maker – Presenting a life size “Operation” game complete with red nose!
- CazTek – Featuring flame throwers and pulse jets and other fun engineering feats!
Please join us to support the Hack Factory and local makers by becoming a member or making a donation.
3119 E 26th St Minneapolis, MN 55406
Mini Maker Faire 2-6 PM
Art Show & Party 7-11 PM
Refreshments are being provided courtesy of CazTek Engineering , a local design and engineering firm.
Click one of the images below to get a full page PDF copy of a promotional flyer.