Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Resin River Plaque

A small group of students showed up one afternoon with a handmade butcher block, a chef's knife, and a string of LEDs.  They asked if I would help them make a surprise gift for one of my colleagues for helping them with the Jr. Iron Chef Competition this year.  Their idea was to make a plaque inspired by some resin filled river tables they had seen online.  I tried to document their process as we worked through this during their lunchtime over the last couple months.

First step was trimming, measuring, planing, and sanding butcher block.

Next, the piece was cut in half to create a space for the "river".  After the piece was cut in half, they sanded and polyurethaned both sides.
They made a small prototype to test the resin river and made adjustments to their plan.

Next, they built a "dam" around the river area of the plaque and poured the resin.

They used the heat gun to help get the air bubbles out of the resin as it dried.
Removing the dam from the back of the river was a bit challenging!
They sanded the back of the piece after the resin dried.
Next, they designed and laser cut the dedication piece.
The last step was attaching the knives and laser cut piece.

The students presented their plaque to Mrs. McMahon at the Middle Schools Awards ceremony!

Monday, June 3, 2019

Design Tech Classroom Up Close

I have shared a few pictures of the recent changes to the Williston Design Tech makerpsace, but there seems to be more interest in seeing some of the areas and materials up close.

Click here for an interactive version :)


Wednesday, May 22, 2019

The Sound of Silence

Since the renovation, we have been struggling with the acoustics in my room.  The ceiling tiles were removed, creating a much brighter, more open feel, but now every single noise is greatly amplified. One of the most common issues is the sound of the shop stools dragging and clanking on the floor. I found “chair socks” on Amazon and decided to give them a try. Not only do they look adorable, they actually do reduce the noise significantly! I’ll be ordering more for the rest of the stools next year!

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Setting Up the Mayku Form Box

I was lucky enough to receive a grant from Williston's FAP this year to purchase a Form Box.  A couple of my students were interested in helping me set it up and we were able to learn how to use it together. The girls plan to come in tomorrow to 3-D print some shapes that they'd like to make molds from...not sure if the molds will be used for chocolate, soap, or candles yet :)

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Laser Cutting and Acrylic Bending

A couple students have been planning a BMX bike track for home.  They asked if I could help them make an acrylic planning tool using the laser cutter so they could mark and erase ideas.  Next, they used the heat strip tool to bend the acrylic into a stand.  Here's a little demo video: