For this week’s assignment, fabricate something using primarily two different materials, I decided to make a tiered pedestal stand.
This pedestal stand is made primarily from Band Sawn Eastern White Pine & Mycelium Mushroom, with some plywood thrown in. I chose these materials for the juxtaposition of textures, as well as cost-effectiveness. My local Home Depot was selling the wood (1″x12″x8′) for $10.75 & the mycofoam panel (18″x18″) was $8.
The first step was to decide the dimensions. I decided to make the pedestal stand 32″ tall, with the legs having a taper from 4.5″ to 2.5″. It was a bit tricky determining the size of the modified equilateral triangle bottom & top, so I drew a CAD model to help visualize the sizing.
The second step was to make a mockup from some scrap plywood & duct tape. These were roughly cut with a jigsaw.
After making the mockup prototype, I decided that I wanted to keep a minimalist aesthetic with no visible screws or fasteners. The next step was to purchase the materials. As a standard 12″ board isn’t actually 12″, the final dimensions changed as such:
Height = 30.5″
Leg Taper = 4″ to 2″
Equilateral Triangle Bottom: 22″ with 4″ corners cut off
Equilateral Triangle Top: 16″ with 2″ corners cut off.
The next step was to draw & cut the legs. Since I wanted to do a precise tapered cut, I made use of the opportunity to test a friend’s homemade table saw.
The legs were very carefully measured & clamped down with this homemade jig.
In order to make efficient use of the material, I laid out & cut the legs out from head to toe. With this arrangement, I had enough material to make 9 legs!
The next step was to mark & cut the triangles out of mycofoam. Since this was my first time working with this material, I test cut different sides with the tablesaw, jigsaw, & mini hacksaw.
However, upon cutting into the mycelium material, I realized that I wouldn’t be able to attach the wooden legs with fasteners or glue to the mushroom bases. Since I had some scrap 1″ plywood at home, I decided to make the top & bottom base from this as a support structure.
The whole triangle was cut with a circular saw. I also test cut some corners off.
But then decided to cut all the corners off with the tablesaw.
Then with all the pieces ready, it was time for assembly! Since I wanted a screwless-fastenerless aesthetic, all of the holes were drilled on the underside of the triangles using a Pocket Hole Jig.
With all the holes ready to go, it was time to fasten everything together with pocket hole screws + wood glue.
In the end, I’m pleased with how the pedestal stand came out. I plan on using this for the Winter 2017 show as a holder for my Arduino project.