This year’s third post. Students were asked “What progress have you made on your Upcycle project? Show your plans. What does your fabrication schedule look like? What materials have you collected?”
From my last posts, I am continuing with the idea of a patchwork hangboard. I am designing the hangboard as training device for rock climbing, but would like to do so following the patchwork aesthetic. This will include gathering scrap pieces of wood from various places, gluing it together, CNC routing it, and finally sanding and finishing the project.
The manufacturing work which will be required by this project includes the following steps:
- Gluing again
- CNC routing
- Polishing and finishing
The design flow above demonstrates the different stages which the hangboard will go through. The most time consuming aspects will be the glue ups of the wood, mainly due to the fact that they require waiting overnight in order to properly bond. As demonstrated as well, all of the squares are anticipated to be the same size which helps ensure the glue up goes as smooth as possible.
Currently I have no material in my possession, however, both the ideaforge and ITLL woodshops have plenty of extra wood which I am able to use for this project.While I have yet to source my materials, I have decided upon the design for this project. It will be based upon the above design for a hangboard. The design selected incorporates many elements desirable in a hangboard including a variety of slopes, types, depths, and widths of holds to hang on.
Thursday February 7th:
- Contact additional wood shops, suppliers, etc to gain insight into sourcing material
Friday February 8th – Sunday February 10th
- Gather materials from ITLL, Ideaforge, and other locations
Monday February 11th
- Cut down all wood pieces to a uniform sizing to allow for the patchwork creation
Tuesday February 12th
- Assemble the wood into glue up position number 1 and allow to bond overnight
Wednesday February 13th
- Assemble the wood into glue up position number 2 and allow to bond overnight
Thursday February 14th
- Bring the solid piece of patchwork wood into the ITLL for CNC Routing
Friday February 15th
- Using either the ITLL or Ideaforge woodshop, perform finishing work on the hangboard
- This includes sanding, fixing imperfections, and applying a finish to it
Saturday February 16th to Wednesday February 20th
- Extra time for when something goes wrong
Overall, I still have a lot of work to do, however, I have a solid plan in place to make significant progress on the design during the next few days and next week. I am excited to see how it turns out!