original plan was to build a coffee table from laminated slices and install an infinity mirror on the top surface. turns out that actually making the pieces takes so much longer than i had imagined so i eventually reduced the width of the project. now it's too thin to be a functional coffee table but it's okay. here's my model in rhino:

used the SawStop with Rob's help to get pieces small enough to use on the little shopbot!

the little shopbot actually had a bug that made it completely lose its position as it approaches the edge. what was getting in the way was the vacuum tube! here's an easy fix:
so many repetitions of this...

and i finally used the big shopbot to cut the borders of slices (which i had worked out atop the original slice in rhino) so as to keep the visible edges continuous... what's the name of this technique again? by my design, this doesn't save any OSB but does lighten down the finished piece by a lot.

whoa, terrible spot to drill a screw. stopped it just in time... omg!

i got some titebond ultimate at dickson brothers to laminate alternating slices of full and border:

next, clamping. it wasn't so easy to get all the pieces aligned! i'm lucky to have a rectangularish shape to work with.


hi Ben! and more clamps

the result:

i had sanded the curves a bit by hand. i didn't get a chance to install the mirror yet but i have the supplies in hand:

and a finish to make the OSB look somewhat polished:

looking back on this week, it seemed like i was among the small few students (if not the only person) who utilized the small shopbot. the big shopbot was in heavy demand so it felt good to be beyond that queue. but i hadn't realized how much time undrilling the previous scraps, drilling a new layer (and making sure the toolpath would not hit any screws), and zeroing the z-axis would take. and it got old pretty quickly, sending in slice after slice, repeating the same toolpath. i guess i did end up pretty good at wielding the handdrill?