Book Table

I made this for a design studio. “Make a table,” was the assignment. My table is made of compressed books that have been sculpted on the top edge with a CNC machine. The wood is aromatic cedar.

I made this for a design studio. “Make a table,” was the assignment. My table is made of compressed books that have been sculpted on the top edge with a CNC machine. The wood is aromatic cedar.

Test

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I wanted to make a table using books and a CNC machine.  This is the test I made to see if it was possible to cut books with a CNC.  The test was successful.  The books require a lot (A LOT) of compression to resist the force of the CNC.

The test created a landscape that carved into the books revealing a different relationship between the books and a new relationship of the contents of the books to the surface.  The colours – weathering, dyes, etc – of the books are stripped away creating a material uniformity on the surface that is interrupted by the book covers.

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Hammer

Hammer

This hammer was made as part of a design studio. The handle is walnut and lather turned. The head is maple and the two are held together with a friction fit and small dowels.

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Box

Box

This is a box I made using 1/4 inch MDF and a laser cutter. The vertical wall is a single piece of material made flexible through a living hinge system, sninge, made through a sequence of regular cuts in the material.

About Ballard

by John Boston

The second wave of J.G. Ballard stories commenced at the end of 1959 and the beginning of 1960, two each in Science Fantasy and New Worlds. They are “Now: Zero” (SF 12/59), “The Sound-Sweep” (SF 2/60), “The Waiting Grounds” (NW 11/59), and “Zone of Terror” (NW 3/60). There was a hiatus of over 18 months between these and his last previous story, “Track 12″ (NW 4/58), which as David Pringle mentioned followed Ballard’s traumatic encounter with an SF convention. (In Ballard’s words, from David’s and James Goddard’s 1975 interview: “I had this gap after I went to the SF convention in ’57. Don’t take this personally or anything — I think times have changed — but it put me off. I didn’t do any writing for about a year and a half, so there was a sort of gap.”)