For my repeatability assignment, I wanted to make a desk organizer like this:
It looked simple enough—I mean, I didn’t know how to make those giant slots in a piece of wood, but I figured I could cheat it by making each section individually and gluing them down to a separate base. Turns out, I’m the worst wood-worker ever, so my results weren’t nearly as nice.
I bought a nice douglas fir 2×4 at Home Depot, along with some forstner drill bits. Then I made a little schematic in Illustrator, along with instructions that optimized my workflow:
Great. So the first order of business was to chop up the wood with the miter saw into 2″ pieces. It’s a scary tool, but what proved to be even scarier was how inaccurate it was…
Maybe I just can’t subtract.
My first attempt at the miter saw yielded three useable 2″ blocks from a length of 12″.
I then tried cutting out the base of the organizer:
Clearly, that wasn’t going to work out. So I drew up plan b (complete with a dowel for keys):
And introduced myself to the drill press:
And the bandsaw:
The next day, I happened to find some thin slabs of wood in the dumpster downstairs:
Potential base material?
So I dragged that sucker upstairs and onto this crazy contraption:
And my old friend, the miter saw:
The bases were ugly, so I spent the next few hours fretting over finishes:
I hate painted wood.
I hate everything.
Alright well, in the meantime, I had five sets ready to glue:
They were pretty modular looking, so I couldn’t resist putting them in different configurations. Sorry, Ben! I also ended up cutting a couple bases from the original douglas fir with the bandsaw (at the expense of some skin) because I really hated that wood I found.
I’ll update later with pictures of them in use!