Community Research Cafe

This Friday I will have the chance to talk about the VSY project I participated in during my last year at Sheridan College. The project dealt with building furniture for residents of the Vanauly Street YMCA in Toronto. It was an amazing experience that taught me a lot about the challenges building for specific, unique needs. Learn more here about the Community Research Cafe!

Toronto Study for Nikari has come to life!

A design team from Sheridan College recently participated in a collaborative design project for Nikiari in developing outdoor seating. The designs have just been launched on the Nikari website promoting the project and presenting the designers alongside their work. The project includes designs from four other design institutions from around the world in an effort to develop a series of furniture forms. I have been honoured to be part of this project and am excited to see the success of this piece with Nikari.

View it here!

Secure

Cutting mortise for Faccetta side chair legs.

Cutting mortise for Faccetta side chair legs.

Secure your parts. It is important to take the time to make some accurate jigs when cutting parts. If things are uneven and able to move around, not only does your cut become inaccurate, but you could end up throwing material around, damaging a bit, and/or wasting your time by damaging your work piece, which is always frustrating.

Protect

Wrapped mitre joint

Wrapped mitre joint

Always wrap and protect mitre joints. In my first year at Sheridan College my storage area was a shelf accessible from two sides and was approximately nine feet from the concrete floor. It could be quite possible for things to be pushed from one side and off the opposing end ultimately destroying carefully cut parts. This image shows the mitre joint of a front leg of my Tirare bar stools. 

Jigs

Bent lamination form

Bent lamination form

Take the time to make carefully constructed jigs. Creating bent laminations can be difficult if the material is not cooperative, glue is not applied generously or evenly, and for various other reasons, yet if a jig is made properly it makes doing the job again a lot less painful. The benefit of a good jig is also the ability to remake multiples easily and quickly.