Make Five of Something
This week, we were introduced to guides, jigs and using them in making multiples of same things. So, the assignment for the week, is to make 5 of something. We also talked about the concept of "first pancakes" to refer to first times of making things. Your "first pancakes" are never meant to be perfect. Instead, they are meant to teach us the learning process, improvement over time, in making things better and better every time. "First pancakes", as a result, are more far important than a perfect pancake because we would likely learn some lessons while creating them - experiences with correct uses of tools and materials we will never forget and mistakes we will not repeat in the future.
I wanted to make something that is simple and allows me to practice using more heavy-duty cutting machines such as different types of saw. We learned to use a band saw, a miter gauge, a fence or stop block for cutting materials, a sander for making surfaces smooth. This would be a great opportunity to utilize some of those machines and tools. I decided that I am going to make the letter S - which is the initial of my first name.
The primary material I use for this project is wood. I just need to make sure I have plenty for my "first pancakes."
1. Step 1: Mark overall size and shape of my S on the wood piece
Step 2: Cut out the pieces that make up the S shape - First, the Z
I need to cut a Z shape, and two short rectangles for each S.
Step 3: Make the short ends of the S
Step 4: Connect the components with wood glue
I learned so lessons this time:
1. "First pancakes" are likely "burned." But, I learned what to do and what not to do for when I make my next pancake.
2. As a follow-up to #1, I should think about extra material
3. Nothing is perfectly straight and perfect in size and shape no matter how much you try to be precise
4. When using any type of saw, notice and think about what helping tools I can use to make cutting easier, safer, and more accurate (miter gauges, stop blocks, fence etc.)
5. Making things in smaller size may not be very easy to cut, and I have to be extra careful when cutting the small pieces with motorized saws without hurting myself.
6. One way to get closer to the intended size measurements when making small things is to cut the pieces with some extra room around the edge, then use a sander to help shape the pieces into the wanted shape without shrinking the actual intended sizes.