Megan and Murray McMillan
are artists in Providence.

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LA Project: Constructing Cubes Background

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Drape2

Thanks to our friend A, we got a roll of this fabric (with about 300' on it) for a ridiculously small amount.

BTW, that's our home-made tool scaffolding. It's about 5' tall and gives us easy access to our 10' ceiling, which is needed often. More than that: the middle shelf has all of our commonly used tools and the bottom shelf has an air compressor and vacuum. We just roll it to where-ever we're working.

Terrible, but Fascinating


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Happy 25th Macintosh

Broken Tool Grinds Production to a Halt

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Omer 12.40 

We're fans of Omer nail guns, and the Italian made Omer 12.40 is a wonderful instrument to build with--as it should be at $271: 2-3 times the cost of common 18 gauge brad nailers like a Porter Cable or Senco. It's built like a tank and has subtle and nuanced features and balance other guns don't have (even better than the $365 Max NF255-ST/18). These features are hard to describe but they make it worth the price for anyone who spends a lot of time with a brad nailer like we do. 

However, a tool is only as good as its weakest component and today we discovered exactly where that is: the plastic magazine cover (and in particular a thinner point on the cover). After working hard for 5 years, I suppose something found a way to get to it. We've sent an SOS to Omer. Hopefully they'll set everything straight asap. 

UPDATE: Omer is amazing. They're fixing it for free (it has a lifetime warranty) and fast (about a 2 week turn around). Pleased as punch.

LA Project: Cubing Even More Lamps

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Lamp62

Lamp63

Picked up a Van-Load of Plastic

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We have no idea how we're going to use this but the possibilities seem wide.

LA Project: Cubing a Lot of Lamps

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LA Project: Cubing Lamps

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OK for all you artists who work with wood: notice the miter saw with the board bolted to the fence. Bolt on a board to both sides of your miter and cut through it. That gives you the EXACT cutting line and makes your miter fast and accurate. Need to cut an angle? Just slide the fences back and when you return them it's still aligned. We clamp "stops" (chunk of 2x6) to the longer side for repeat cuts. 

We use a 12" Delta Industrial Dual Bevel miter saw. We bought it because its cutting distance is incredible (almost as long as a slider, but with less moving parts it's more accurate). That said, the blade is so far forward it tends to kick more sawdust up and over your head than I like. If I were doing it again I'd go Makita, who make legendary miter saws. 

There is no one brand that makes everything right. All brands usually do a few things MUCH better than their competition and everything else worse. That's how they make their money. The key is to know which brands (and models) to get for each tool. This requires a lot of data, but fortunately there are premium forums to help. I've been a member of this one for a long time (it can be rowdy, but the answers you'll get are top notch). 

I should also note: never get tool advise from anybody who doesn't use the tool (like most store salesmen--not all--but most).