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Project by RedBeard posted 06-13-2008 05:04 AM 2091 views 5 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For my senior thesis project I wanted to create a tool to help beginning woodworkers learn about good design and craftsmanship. The design is basically a shaker style table with two drawers that has been split in half. One half is loaded with commonly made mistakes, poorly chosen lumber, and a finish that is just disgusting. The other half features beautiful wood, carefully thought-out and executed joinery, solid construction, and a finish that will make you blush. I added an inlay feature on the table-top where the two halves meet. It shows Two-face from batman, done with appropriately good and bad techniques. I created a large (80”x56”) poster which served as a map to the piece, illustrating each of the intentional mistakes as well as explaining their well-crafted counterparts on the other half.Thanks to everyone who helped out with stories of their own mistakes. I have more process pictures and I am trying to find a nice way to display them online. I hope you all like it.

Evan

-- Measure once, cut twice





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#1 posted 06-13-2008 05:14 AM

Despite the intentional “mistakes”, I think the whole thing came out incredible. One of my favorites I’ve seen yet.

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#2 posted 06-13-2008 06:00 AM

i cant tell which side is the side with mistakes—-so tell your professors that your teaching tool is perfect—-because when i get a close-up look..with more pictures I will really learn!!!\

good luck with the grade…personally (and professionally as a teacher) this is an excellent teaching medium. Teaching with metaphor and truly makes people thiink and they will remember the lessons…

Excellent concept…A+

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#3 posted 06-13-2008 11:56 AM

What an intriguing piece of work RB. I, too, would like to see a series of pictures showing some of the errors. Thanks for sharing it.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business. http://www.folksy.com/shops/TreeGems

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#4 posted 06-13-2008 01:08 PM

This table is quite a statement to your craft. Well done.

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#5 posted 06-13-2008 01:45 PM

that’s pretty clever.
great looking work.
for me, both would have the same amount of mistakes!!

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#6 posted 06-13-2008 02:34 PM

Heck, your bad side looks better than some of my good projects! ;)

Nice work.

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#7 posted 06-13-2008 03:04 PM

This is great :)

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#8 posted 06-13-2008 04:13 PM

Great project! I’d love to see it in person, because I really can’t see the mistakes on the “mistake” side.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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RedBeard

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#9 posted 06-13-2008 05:39 PM

Here are the pictures of the bad side construction. Good side will be up soon.

http://photobucket.com/TwoFaceTeachingTable

Thanks for all of the comments. With the bad side I was trying to show the work of someone who means well, but is either too impatient or just too new to the craft to use proper technique – basically me before I began researching this project. I’ve always had the woodworking bug, but now I have a much greater appreciation for what it takes to do it right. If anyone is near Cincinnati and would like to check this table out just let me know.

Thanks again,
Evan

-- Measure once, cut twice

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RedBeard

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#10 posted 06-13-2008 06:31 PM

Here are pics of the good side
http://photobucket.com/TwoFaceTeachingTableGood

-- Measure once, cut twice

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#11 posted 06-13-2008 06:47 PM

Very nice work.

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#12 posted 06-13-2008 08:12 PM

After looking at photos of the bad side, can I get a big “been there, done that” amen? <g>

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#13 posted 06-13-2008 10:49 PM

Very good teaching tool. Mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#14 posted 06-14-2008 08:51 AM

fascinating, your students will learn a lot from your teaching.

-- Colin, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. "Every craftsman was once an amateur"

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#15 posted 04-26-2010 08:51 AM

This is really impressive, imaginative, illustrative and ingenious….and hilarious with a note of cartoon flavor of childhood. Well done !

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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