At the time of my last posting I had only 2 sections of my Musical PVC Bench completed. Again, many thanks to the TC Makers volunteers who helped me get to that point!
Every section is now welded together. You can see in the attached photo that I still have some sanding to do (mostly of excess PVC cement) and that it will need to be painted in order to hide markings and solvent stains as well as to protect it from the sun.
Anyone interested in volunteering to help with final steps will be welcomed. Remaining steps are sanding, spray painting, finishing paddles, attaching paddles, welding/cutting metal anchors & bolting sections together by Sept 22.
Last week I promised to discuss the influence of Chuck Taylor shoes on my chair design. However, I need to take a short break from my rocker to create a bench for a block-improvement effort in the Dayton’s Bluff Community.
In this post, I will describe the bench design and invite you to help build it! Interested? Shoot me an email at email@example.com!
All participants will learn how to solvent weld PVC. The skill is used to build many exciting maker projects from potato launchers to musical instruments like the ones played by the Blue Man Group. In fact, the bench that we build can be used both for rest and to play a few tunes while waiting for the bus!
To make construction easier, I designed the bench in 6 sections. Each section is 39 inches long and 19 inches wide. Five of the sections are identical (just oriented differently) and one section is unique. Once I have all of the sections on site, I will bolt 3 pipes from each section to 3 pipes in an adjacent section.
The design uses PVC pipes of 5 different lengths with the longest pipes serving as the legs of the bench. Standard bench height is 18 inches and each section of the bench has four 18 inch-long pipes. Placement of these bench legs will be important for balance and stability.
Twin Cities Maker played a big part in Make: Day 2010 at the Science Museum of Minnesota, bringing some of its do-it-yourself magic to the local masses.
Spoonapault, Make: Day 2010. Click for TC Maker slideshow.
Sunday, June 21, was a sunny Father’s Day in St. Paul for local makers to show off their stuff. Twin Cities Maker and other local groups and musicians participated in this exciting event which celebrates the ingenuity and inventiveness in our community.
Twin Cities Makers at Clothesline Racers Table
Members of Twin Cities Maker worked together to establish three displays: the Spoonapault, clothesline racers, and a life-sized Operation game.
Life-Sized Operation Game by TC Maker
Make: Day 2010 was just an awesome day for making, sharing and learning, what the Twin Cities Maker organization is all about! A big THANK YOU goes out to Science Musuem of Minnesota staff, who were absolutely fantastic at hosting this event.