MAKE Asks: Building Furniture

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MAKE Asks: Building Furniture

MAKE Asks: is a weekly column where we ask you, our readers, for responses to maker-related questions. We hope the column sparks interesting conversation and is a way for us to get to know more about each other.

This week’s question: It seems to me that a rite of passage for almost every maker I’ve met is to build a custom piece of furniture at some point. What is one of your favorite pieces of furniture that you have built?

When my wife and I downsized after a move, we were still busting at the seams after having donated or tossed many items. To solve the problem I looked into buying a queen sized loft bed to fit our mattress. I found out that such a beast did not exist locally, so I built one myself. I drafted the design on a piece of graph paper in three different views (the first time I had done such a thing since high school shop class) and put the whole thing together. It was the largest piece of furniture I ever built, but provided much-needed storage space.

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In addition to being an online editor for MAKE Magazine, Michael Colombo works in fabrication, electronics, sound design, music production and performance (Yes. All that.) In the past he has also been a childrens' educator and entertainer, and holds a Masters degree from NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program.

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