A Maker Month

Written by Anna Love-Mickelson
Posted September 17, 2013

As a girl that grew up in the 80’s and 90’s, I was never pushed to take a shop class.  No router, band saw, drill press, welder… nothing.  I secretly envied the boys.  Knowing how to use power tools seemed more beneficial than knowing how to make chicken kiev and churros.

When you don’t know how to use the tools that create things, it is harder to imagine how to overcome the gap between having an idea and making it real.   So when Parker and I deemed August a “maker month”, I decided it was time to bridge this gap and make something completely from scratch.  Our challenge was to build something useful in 4 weeks for less than $20 (pretty sure I broke all three rules).

I had the time of my life!

First of all, I was right; the boys did get the better end of the deal.  Routers are freaking awesome.  Seriously, they can do almost anything.  They make groves and dimples and slices and decorations.  They should be known as the king of all woodworking tools.

It felt so good to be the sole maker of an entire product.  I had complete control over the outcome and knew every aspect of how it was made.  I was responsible for dreaming up the idea and then figuring out the techniques, materials, and tools to make it come alive.   Some dormant need to work with my hands was awoken and it brought me so much enjoyment.

Here’s how the month unfolded.

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There is a John Cage quote that currently hangs from d.school rafters that reads, “There’s no win and no fail.  There’s only make.”  I think that sums it up perfectly!

Next on the agenda, jigsaws and planers.