I’ve started the desks at last!

Last night was the official start of the Greene and Greene inspired desks for my wife and me.  I drew my own plans from photos of Greene and Greene’s original work, and with a heavy influence from the work of Darrell Peart of Washington State.  The desks will be similar to his "Aurora" desks….I call the design the "Aurora 2"  and give him credit for the inspiration.

I began by cutting patterns on 1/2-inch plywood to be used later for pattern routing of the curved pieces on the sides of the desks.  I hope to complete the patterns today and then begin laying out the mahogany for the two breadboard desk tops.

The new bandsaw performed perfectly.  I love it.  Now that the motor is replaced, it is an excellent machine.  Very smooth.  I can balance a nickel on edge on the table and see no vibration at all.  I’ve installed my old Rockler bandsaw table on the new Jet bandsaw and it fits well.  The Rockler table is a nice add-on for making a larger worksurface, but I am not crazy about the fence.  It does not stay in adjustment when removed from the saw, and it needs to be re-aligned every time I use it.  Someday, I will probably replace it with the Jet model.  Save your money and don’t buy the Rocker model.

The African mahogany has seasoned enough to begin work.  I can’t wait.

About mattsanf

Matt Sanfilippo is the Chief Partnership Officer (CPO) for the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and Co-Director of its Engineering Research Accelerator. In this role, Matt coordinates and enables strategic and sponsored research opportunities across the college, and stewards the development of proposals for major research opportunities along strategic themes. Additionally, he enables collaboration among the college's research institute/center executive directors, and industrial and government relations personnel in the pursuit of opportunities with industry, federal and state governments. Before becoming CPO for the College, Matt was the Senior Executive Director for Research Initiatives, the Executive Director of CMU's SII (Smart Infrastructure Institute) and ICES (Institute for Complex Engineered Systems), and Associate Director of PITA (Pennsylvania Infrastructure Technology Alliance) and RAMP (Research for Advanced Manufacturing in Pennsylvania). Before CMU, Matt was Managing Director of Applied Technology for Michael Baker Corporation, an engineering and energy services firm. Matt managed Baker's technology division including Geographic Information System (GIS), software and web development, multimedia, virtual reality, visualization, Global Positioning System (GPS), mapping and surveying services. Before joining Baker, Matt was an Innovation Director for Redleaf Group, a Venture Capital/Operating Company focused on information security, supply chain and mobility solutions. While at Redleaf, Matt managed technical due diligence for seed-stage investments and coordinated relationships between Redleaf and their partner companies. Prior to Redleaf, Matt was CIO of GZA GeoEnvironmental Technologies, an infrastructure engineering firm, and operations manager for their Internet start-up that focused on web-technologies for health and safety and manufacturing metrics. Matt is on the board of Larson Design Group (LDG), past Chairman of the Board for the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, current board member of the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation (PHLF), current Vice President of the Sewickley Heights Gun Club (SHGC) and former member of the Information Sciences and Technology Advisory Board for the Pennsylvania State University Beaver. Matt is also former Vice President of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Association of Internet Professionals and former Vice President of the Board of Trustees for Baker Combined Charity of Pennsylvania.

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