The Chore Wheel to End All Chore Wheels

If you’ve ever lived with roommates, you know how hard it can be to keep things clean and tidy around the house. Often some enterprising member of the crew will come up with some sort of system to get things done in an equitable way. For one reason or another, these attempts often fail. David Rios of ITP decided to add a bit of gravitas to this task by designing and laser-cutting a custom chore wheel for his housemates.


Made of wood and clear acrylic, the wheel has concentric circles delineating housemates’ names, daily chores, and weekly chores. Done as an assignment for his “Designing for Digital Fabrication” class, his original prototype had spaces for pegs to keep the schedule in place, but he found that a simple bolt through the middle gave enough friction to keep it all snug. No word yet on whether the system has worked out, but I bet it looks pretty snazzy up on the wall.

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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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