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  • 1. DTProcessJournal Diane Guo

2. Nov 15, 2012I finally started on my project. My first step was to measure and mark out the top and bottom circles for my lamp. I used a compass to do that.This was the first time Ive ever used the bend saw, it is anincredible tool, because I finished cutting those two circlesin 5 minutes!! In the past, they would take me at least a weekto use a coping saw to cut them out.One thing is that I should be morecareful of the angle I am cutting from,because the saw cannot bend itself, so I need to line upstraight.After using the bend saw I used the disc sander to smooth theedges and to make it round.Next step is to measure and mark out the legs. I started in classto draw the outline of the legs onto a piece of paper, so when Icut out the shape from the paper I can just use that shape tomark out on the wood.Nov 19, 2012 This is how my two circles end up looking like, they are perfectly round and are the same size. I really enjoy using the bend saw because I only took around 15 minutes to make thesetwo circles. If I use other tools that has to be controlled manually, it will take me around 2 weeks. I drew the shape of the legs on a paper first, and then I traced the shape onto the piece of plywood I got. And after I make one perfect leg, I can then use that piece to trace all the rest 1 3. Today I used the bend saw again to cut out the legs. It was a little difficult because the shapehas a curve, and I am not that familiar with the machine yet. Sometimesthe blade will get really close to the pencil line, because of the curve. Ihad to really concentrate on cutting itbecause if I dont, the blade will cutinto the line and I might also cut myself. I used the drilling machine to sand theinside of the leg where disc sander couldnt reach. It is a very cool tool and this was the first time I used it. Next, I will be continue making the legs, I have already completed 3, I have 5 more to make :DNov 20, 2012 This is a picture of me using the bend saw cutting out the legs. It is quite dangerous when I get to the edge, because the pencil line is really close to the edge. I was afraid to cut my hand. When I sand the inside ofthe leg, I added another piece ofwood under my piece, so the sander doesnt create anedge.I have already cut 5 pieces out, and I smoothed all theedges. I just got three more pieces of wood, and I havemarked them all. I used the very first piece I cut totrace it over. However, when I tried to cut it, the bend saw machine broke down, so I couldnt cut it anymore. I tried to use another machine that also cuts quite efficiently, but it doesnt cut as fast as the bend saw. I was planning to finish cutting 6 pieces today, but because of the technical problem, the plan has been changed. So the next period I will continue to cut out the legs. Nov 27, 2012 32 4. Because the bend saw was broken, therefore I used a jig saw to cut out the legs. Ididnt want to use a hand saw because it has curves, andcoping saw is too hard to use too. I needed to use bothhands to control the jig saw, because when it was firstturned on and start cutting into the wood, it will start toshake, if I dont control it well enough the saw might cutmy hand.I used the paper model I made to mark out on the realpiece. This picture shows the size and position of the slotsthat I will cut. There are 8 slots on each pieces, so for thetop and bottom pieces I need to cut 16 slots. I will use thebend saw to cut them.For every piece of leg I cut, I need to use the discsander to around the outer edge, to make it perfectly round sothat when I put cloth around it, the shape can maintain round.I am a head of my plans, because in my gantt chart I wouldfinish cutting the legs next week. Next step for me is to cutout all the slots on both top and bottom pieces and on all thelegs.Nov 29, 2012 The bend machine is still not beenfixed yet, so I will skip to make the bulb holder. The bulbholder has a dimension of 90mm (height) x 110mm (diameter), but we dont have pine that is that thick, so Icut 3 pieces of 30mm wood and I will use PVA glue to stick them together to make the thickness 90mm.I spread the glue on to the entire piece of wood, becauseI want every gap to be filled with wood. I also need toput glue near the edge, because once the edge starts tosplit open, the rest will also start to split. It doesntmatter if the glue spill out from the crack, because Iused a wet cloth to wipe it up.After gluing all three pieces of pine wood together, I used a G-clamp to clamp themtogether. After the glue is fried, the three pieces will be very strongly glued together. Iput a small piece of wood under the clamp to avoid the clamp to leave marks on the54wood. 5. I am not following my schedule, because I jumped ahead of the plan. Next I will mark out the circle, and hopefully the bend saw will be fixed by then. Dec 3, 2012 Today my plan was to finish making the bulb holder. Last time I glued three pieces together, today I used a compass to mark out the circle, and used a disc sander to make it round.This is the finished out look of theholder. It is very round and smooth,because I used the disc sander to sand it very carefully. I wont paint it,I will leave it as its natural wood color. I think it looks nicethis way, and it wont be seen from the outside.I used the coping saw to cut the slot on the leg. Mr. Cuttinghelped me to mark the out line for me to cut, because it has tobe very accurate, and Mr. Cutting has better skills than I do. Ithen used a flat file to file the not smooth part. I was trying tomake the slot as tight as possible to slot in, so at first itdoesnt fit together. I also cut a slot on the top circle, so that Ican test if the two slots can jointogether, and whether the slots arecut on the right place.Next step is just to continue cutting out all the slots, that willtake me probably 1 week to finish.Dec 4, 2012After using the coping saw to cut out the slot, I used files tofile it. It is because I didnt cut the insides completely flat, ifI dont make it flat the other piece of wood wont be able to slide in. I finished cutting one slot on all eight pieces, I need to cut slots on the other end. 6 6. At first it was quite hard for me to cut the rectangle piece out with a coping saw, because I didnt know how to make the blade cuthorizontally. I fist cut out a triangle from one side, andthen the blade can go from that side and cuthorizontally. Also, I needed to file the slots so that itjoins to the legs.This is a picture that shows all the legs joined togetherwith the top. I realized that I forgot to plan out time tocut a whole in the middle on the top. Because first without the whole I wont be able to change the bulb;second, the light will be blocked by the wood. I think maybe if I add one more piece of wood on the very top (with hole) it will be easier for me to put cloth over it, and it will look nicer. Next I will finish cutting out slots ont eh otherside of the legs.Dec 10, 2012This is how my lamp looks like when every legs areassembled together. I am glad that each piece jointogether nicely, or else it will be hard for me to fix. Iused a file to send the edges that were not smooth, sothat the slots slide in together. When putting themtogether, I need more people to help me to hold on tothe top and the legs, so while I join the other legs theydont fall apart.Mr. Cutting helped me cut outa hole in the middle of thetop piece, because Irealized that if I dont makea hole I wont be able to takethe bulb in and out, or change the bulb.He used a jig saw to cut out the shape, but before that hedrilled a hole in the middle first, so that the blade can goin and start cutting. Mr. Cutting cut it really nicely, hishands were steady so that the jig saw didnt move and shake. It was a really perfect circle in the middle.Although it is quite a perfect circle, but I still used sandpaper to smooth the inside edge.Dec 14, 201287 7. I couldnt finish everything at school, so I brought the PVA glue back home using awater bottle. I used a chopstick to get the glue out from the bottle and stick spreadonto the bottom piece, as well as the bulb holder. I put a chopstick through theholeto make sure the two pieces wont move around. The glue isvery slippery, so there is a chance for the two pieces of woodto slide around, and the hole would be blocked by glue. I waitedforaround 4 hours before I moved it again, to make sure itwas glued tightly.After the basewas well glued, I usedtwowood screws and a screwdriver to join the socketontothe holder.Before screwing, I had tofirst attachthe wire to the socket, andlead itthough the hole first.Dec 15, 2012After putting the socket onto the base, I can then put thebulbinto the socket. I was glad that this socket work, because somemarket sells broken sockets.It took me about an hour to join all the legs all together ontothe top and bottom. I had numbers labeled on the materials soI know their matches. It was very important that I marked outthe numbers, because not every leg fit into any slot. I first joined them all together without using any glue, to make it into a standing position. After that, I used chopstick to put just a littleglue on the gap of each end, because the glue will slowly sinkinto the gap. 9 Finally after the glue is dried up, I put some cotton into the10 glue, and used them to fill up any large gap I had. Those gaps were formed because the slot didnt fit perfectly. 8. Dec 16, 2012 After the entire lamp is well dried, I started to cover the lamp with flax. I started from the bottom, because later I can flip back the lamp and do it upward. I put some glue on each leg, to make sure the flax stays strong enough and wont fall apart. I had to be very careful, because there cant be gaps betweeneach row. If there is gap, people can seethe inside though the gap.This is the hardest and the most tiring step throughout the wholeprocess, because it requires patience and carefulness, t