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Maker Feature – Jeff McLeid

Today’s Maker Feature is about Jeff from Twisted Scenic. We’ve heard from Jeff before when he shared about his Bonnaroo sign build. Today, we get a look behind the scenes to hear more about his personal maker story and background. Q: Tell us a little about your background as a Maker. A few years ago I was a “flying director” for a performer flying FX company. My job was to build the fly systems, rig it to the building, and choreograph the flights. I mainly did musicals such as Mary Poppins, Peter Pan, Beauty and the Beast, Willy Wonka, etc. While onsite in Seoul, South Korea, I suffered an injury that forever changed my life. I developed a neurological disease called CRPS (Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome) in my dominate shoulder, arm, and hand. My brain fires to my pain receptors 24 hours a day, telling it that I’m in a level 6-8 pain. CRPS is one of the, if not the, most painful chronic pain ailments and there’s never a true moment of relief, and no cure. With that being said, I had to find a way to still maintain being creative and finding something financially lucrative. I started a

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Maker Feature – Tim Sway

For this next Maker Feature we’re interviewing Tim Sway. If you’re not familiar with Tim, he’s the master of making instruments (guitars mostly) and other fun projects from reclaimed materials. We were SO excited to have him join our community when he purchased his Maslow earlier this year and have loved seeing his projects using his set up.     Q: How did you get into designing and building with CNC? A: 5 years ago I had no interest in learning CNC but I forced myself to so I could teach my son and keep his learning current. I am now hooked and realize my disinterest was fear of trying something new and failing.   Q: Do you use your machine for business or as a hobby? A: I run a small business and the Maslow will give me capabilities to make larger cnc projects, signs, etc., that I couldn’t do before.   Q: What was your first project? A: A honeycomb pattern, folding privacy screen made from reclaimed hollow closet door skins and rice paper. (You can see Tim’s full walkthrough of this project and Maslow review on his YouTube Channel) Q: What was the biggest struggle you had

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Maker Feature – Rachel

We’re excited to kick off a new blog series, Maker Feature, where we get to share the stories and projects of some of the makers in our community. Today, we’re kicking off the series with our very own Rachel! She’s one of our resident makers here at Maker Made. If you’ve used our new set up, assembly or calibration guides, that’s all thanks to her! Today we get to learn more about Rachel and her maker journey!   Q: How did you get started on your maker journey?  A: My story is unique in that I discovered Maslow when I was hired as a freelance graphic designer to come up with designs for Maker Made. My job description mushroomed pretty quickly! I’ve always loved to make things, and when I went back to school and learned graphic design, I always said that I was looking for ways to marry the two- to use my design skills to make things. So this is really a dream job for me!   Q: How long have you had your Maslow? What was your biggest struggle in getting it set up? A: I have had it for a couple of months. It probably took

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Jeff’s Bonnaroo Sign

We’re so excited to be sharing this project today. Jeff McLeid from Twisted Scenic had the opportunity to do an installation project for Bonnaroo. He designed, cut an installed the entrance to the “Self Love Sanctuary” hosted by Haley Williams of Paramore. Jeff says, “It’s 1 layer of hdpe, 1/8” plexi, 1/2” mdf, 1/4” polycarbonate and another top layer of MDF. Letters were made of a compressed pvc material that’s hard like acrylic (and destroys bits but totally worth it). I cut the plexi by hand. The client was very happy with this end result. And the effect worked just the way I needed it too.”   Jeff’s got some great other projects in the pipeline we’re excited to share when they’re ready so stay tuned!

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My MakerMade CNC Adventure: Kit Components

Once my kit arrived, the first thing I did was make sure I had all the parts. There’s a sheet inside the box with a list, and a link to a great interactive image on the website showing all of the components. It took me a minute to figure out what was what. If you’re not ready to start building right away and don’t want to unwrap everything, here’s an image that shows what’s what. I’ve labeled each component just in case, like me, you don’t know your XY motor mounts from your ring carriage on sight. MakerMade CNC Kit Components NEXT STEP: WHAT’S IN THOSE HARDWARE BAGS? This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

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A Highschool Student’s Review of the Maslow CNC

“Is this really something I can do??”  That’s a question we get a lot here at MakerMade when people first see the Maslow CNC.  And it’s especially tough to answer because real, carpe diem, no-limits, “check this out!” makers come in all types, from all backgrounds, and definitely all ages.  Case in point, a resourceful high school student named Cam.  Cam’s experience is such a strong representation of the right maker attitude, we had to get him to tell his story.  That said, here it is: Hello, my name is Cam.  I am a Grade 12 student in Saskatchewan, Canada.  I love working with wood.  If you are a student with a limited income, like I am, it can be difficult to try out new hobbies.  If you have an interest in CNC routers, your dreams and intentions can quickly end when you find out how much conventional CNC routers actually cost.  I thought I would have to wait until I was middle aged to finally be able to afford a CNC.  But then I found the Maslow!  My dad and my construction teacher at school were skeptical but I really liked what I was learning about the Maslow.  What

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