Mod Beam

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Mod Beam was my 1st place entry in the 2015 Mt. Baker Products furniture design competition.  Participants were challenged to design and construct a piece of children’s furniture for a local organization using only a 4′ x 4′ x 3/4″ sheet of plywood.

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I began with a visit to the client, Bellingham Cooperative School, to discover what they needed. The school expressed interest in a balance beam, and I went with it.

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An efficient cut plan maximizes the beam length while minimizing wasted material.

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Parts were cut with the Shopbot, glued together, sanded, and finished with tung oil and hand sanding.

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MOD Beam is a modern, modular balance beam which comes apart for compact storage and is easy for kids to rearrange.

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Kid tested and approved!

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