How do I fabricate stuff?
December 29, 2013 3:45 PM Subscribe
What books will show me how to fabricate stuff? The FabLab curriculum is oriented more towards digital fabrication techniques, but I'm interested more in (seemingly) simple things such as all the different types of fasteners for hanging things on walls, or how to make objects that serve a function (e.g., a lamp, or a steel-and-wood bench) look less, well, home-made. I guess what I'm asking, and have a hard time translating into a search query, is: how do I learn to make the things I want to make look more designed
and less like they were a Saturday-afternoon hobby project? (which, in all fairness, they are)
posted by ar0n to Grab Bag (7 answers total) 26 users marked this as a favorite
I took a few TIG welding and woodworking classes for fun, and am starting to get good at it. I have all sorts of project I'd like to do but I'm struggling with the finer details of fabricating things and I don't know where to look for answers. I suppose (guess?) this is what design school teaches you, but aren't there books out there that will catalog, or at least introduce one into the different ways of constructing things so they're not just merely functional but also aesthetically pleasing?
A specific example of what I don't know how to solve, or where to look for answers is: I'd like build a very large steel frame for a mirror to hang on a wall, but I don't know how to keep the mirror in place in the frame, with the type of design I have in mind, nor how to invisibly attach the (heavy) mirror to the wall. Another example is a lamp I'd like to make, but don't know what types of fittings are out there, or how construct the thing.