|Project by Cosmicsniper||posted 10-19-2012 01:49 PM||2733 views||1 time favorited||13 comments|
Continuing to add some of the fast projects I’ve done, this one is a calculator caddy for the TI-84 calculators in my math classroom. You did know I teach high school math, right?
I’ll spare you my anti-calculator rant…that Texas schools force our kids to use this 20 year old technology because somebody at the state level is probably pocketing monies to use them…that they are nothing but a crutch to learning math…that they are left in the dust by smartphone apps that are totally free. :)
I’m not crazy about the design, as some pockets on the wall work better. If this caddy isn’t full, then the calculators slide and won’t stand up straight. So, I’d build smaller partitions/slots if I were to do it again. However, that complicates things too unnecessarily.
This project was more about just working the wood, red oak in this case. A simple topless box with grooved hardboard bottom, dovetailed corners (using the Incra system) and simple hand-worked mortises for the two dividers.
Finish is walnut Watco danish oil followed by many coats of water-borne GF Enduro-Var urethane semi-gloss. It’s really a beautiful finish that isn’t at all obvious. Very durable as well. The kids can be a bit hard on things like this and only a few nicks on the dividers are evident after a couple of years of use.
-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com