Wednesday, June 19, 2013


Harlan, the elder child of tin box, had been sleeping on a mattress on the floor for nine months, and agitating for a real bed most of that time. No more. Last week, we had a chance to build a bed for him, and the results were not terrible. Harlan and I drew up a plan, found some sustainably harvested lumber and formaldehyde-free plywood, and knocked together a bed with a headboard and shelf, and which sits on a continuous book shelf. The whole assembly is lifted off the floor to leave a half-inch reveal at the base.

The project would not have been possible without the guidance of Professor Eric Peterson (not pictured), the design studio instructor and fabrication lab director at FIU. Eric helped us figure out how to translate the design into a workable assembly process, and patiently taught Harlan how to operate the table saw. I even learned how to hold a drill/screw gun correctly (finally!).

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