Design & Build: CNC flat-pack furniture – W0813

December 11, 2014

Posted In: Furniture and Woodworking

Reuben Foat

DATES: July 20 – 24, 2015

SKILL LEVEL: Open to all

CONCEPT: From concept to prototype, students design and build a piece of furniture that easily assembles to function in three dimensions but ships flat. The CNC (computer numerically controlled) router is employed to do our cutting after a thorough design process. This course presents the basics of CNC cut wood joinery as well as some basic hardware solutions for knock-down furniture. We learn some basics of the 3-D modeling software, Rhino.

MEDIA & TECHNIQUES: Students work with woodworking applications utilizing computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM). We learn proper use of the CNC router. Though standard techniques apply to solid wood production, we focus on plywood construction as an appropriate introduction.

ACTIVITIES: We begin with ideation through sketching, model making and critique followed by lectures, demonstrations and discussions on pertinent techniques and processes including 3-D modeling, and CNC router operation. We will conclude with an application of finish after the manufacture and assembly of a prototype.

FACULTY: Reuben Foat’s woodworking experience spans from cabinet making in London and the midcoast of Maine, to restoring furniture in Milwaukee, and building commission work for clients in Maine, Wisconsin and California. Reuben has an M.F.A. in Furniture Design from San Diego State University. He currently lives in California and teaches a makers course at High Tech Middle Media Arts.

Tuition: $775 OR Tuition + Studio Support Donation: $975
Studio Fee: $95

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