Maker BLOG

Jared’s Customer Shelving Project

One of our fantastic content creators, Jared, recently received a custom order at his business, which demanded him to be creative and out-of-the-box, which he succeeded at. When asked to make a mountain-shaped shelf for rock collection that currently held close to 50 rocks, with some as large as 4”, he knew he needed to be innovative about the shelf’s design. After some creative design work, Jared and the customer decided on the look that you see below: He started with a 1/8in up-spiral bit (making good use of a collet reducer on his router) but had to make the change to a 1/8in compression bit for a cleaner cut edge. After beginning his project, he had problems cutting on a 4×8 sheet, so he improvised and cut it in half to make two 4×4 sheets. Then, he added a border to his machine to give it more stability while cutting near the edge of the piece: To really perfect the accuracy across so many matching components, he added a 12-foot top beam and moved it up to 2-feet from the top of the work surface, which allowed the sled more stability across the surface.  In the end, the shelf

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Grant’s Maker Story

[vc_row el_id=”1550295731713-0793516e-08b0″ css=”.vc_custom_1550299464817{margin-bottom: 30px !important;}”][vc_column][vc_column_text]Grant’s had an interest in woodworking since he was young. It’s a family tradition–Grant’s grandpa worked in construction and made him toys in his spare time. Those happy memories of running around with his handmade rubber band guns and even a big wooden wagon have turned in to a way for he and his wife to work together to give that same joy to their friends and family. Now, they’re passing that family tie on through making things for their children. With woodworking being a hobby, Grant and his wife were interested in a CNC machine, but didn’t want it to take up a lot of space. Neither of them had any experience with a CNC machine or graphic design, but MakerMade allowed them to have an easy access point to begin dreaming up ideas. “The idea that for a relatively small investment, we could basically create anything we wanted in our own garage was really something we were excited about.” When the kit arrived, they assembled and calibrated with relative ease and quickly began working on small, “starter” projects like decorations for their home, word art signs, etc. Once they got comfortable with how it

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