Hi, I'm Andy!

Biosensing, Brain-computer interfaces, CS + HCI at Carnegie Mellon

Outro to Intro to Woodworking

Published April 29, 2021


Hello! I have finished up this class (and with it, the last semester of junior year ;(). In the past 3-4 weeks, I have learned how to use many other woodworking implements, some of which I could've figured out and some of which I couldn't've. The wood glue and nailgun were pretty intuitive, but the flush saw and forstner bits less so.

I have messed up a few times, and I'm putting these mistakes in public so you know what I won't mess up on again.

  • Did a rip cut on the miter saw

  • Flush sawed past the peg and into my wood

  • Drilled 4 holes and then jigsawed to make a handle when I could have drilled two and it would've been way easier

  • Nailgun'd a crooked part twice before checking it

  • Nailgun'd nonperpendicularly so the nail stuck out of the wood piece


What I made in the process

Bread Shelf

This shelf was made so we could stop keeping bread on top of the fridge, where it blocked some cabinets. We had some preexisting screws in the wall which I measured, and then I made the decorative wall legs too short :(. I could only put one set of screws so the shelf is very weak. Holds bread good though.

Bread shelf without bread

Bread shelf without bread

Bread shelf with bread

Bread shelf with bread

Crate

The crate was for an assignment. Very bulky, hard to store, but makes a good stool.

Crate assembled

Crate assembled

Crate holding Yerba Mate

Crate holding Yerba Mate

Unfoldable Stool

The camping stool was our final assignment. It’s meant to be foldable but I messed up the tolerances. Many stool jokes were made in the process. Anyway, seats one.

Pieces of the stool

Pieces of the stool

Stool parts fit check

Stool parts fit check

Completed seat!

Completed seat!

For Fun

Me and Elio also redesigned our club logo, and made it out of wood. Looks better on paper, but worth a shot.

Completed seat!

Completed seat!

Cya around next time I make stuff out of wood!