The Meanest Thing Ponoko Does To It’s Employees…

Is make it impossible for them not to try and make things themselves. John Lewis, who is Ponoko’s brilliant Community Manager (you can catch up with him on the Ponoko Forums – go ahead and leave him a message) spent the weekend building a bookcase. John wrote about it on his own blog and I’ve reposted below. As we’ve found before, using Ponoko produces three benefits that you just can’t buy.

  1. The things you make fit where you need them.
  2. The feeling of achievement from creating in reality the ideas in your mind. As John says it’ll spin you out!
  3. Your wife loves you more (this is of immeasurable value…. trust me).

I have to add that your mates are pretty impressed with you as well. Take it away John!

Bookcase creation

Dogfood is tasty. Well, sometimes it is.

The weekend just gone S mentioned she wanted to buy a bookcase for a specific nook in our lounge. After a fruitless search through the interior design shops on Thorndon Quay I remembered this cool web start-up I’ve been working at for the last 7+ months where you can make your own stuff!

It was great fun. Actually it was lots of hard work but sooo much more fun than I thought it would be. It spins me out a little that I made my own bookcase (and it works!).

So the process went something like this:

Measure area and scribble down ideas on paper.


Choose a material to work with and get designing in Illustrator. I ended up going for the Double-sided Whiteboard MDF 9mm


Get it laser cut through Ponoko :)


Get the pieces and peel protective tape off


Tolerance is never perfect first time and it took ages to get the pieces fitting together. A trusty hammer helped a lot!


Putting the pieces together it starts to look like a “real” bookcase.


Slowly the shelves start to build…


Almost complete… just making sure everything is fitting together snuggly… with no glue or screws either!


Here is the bookcase in the nook I had designed it for. It ended up being a whole lot tighter than I though it would be…


Now here is the completed bookcase, in place, and filled up with stuff.


If you like the look of it you can buy one off me or download the .eps file for free, customise it, and make it yourself.

My head is spinning with more Ponoko ideas now!

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Johns Wife

Yup – his wife does love him more 🙂 And I love the bookcase too!

Making your wife or girlfriend a gift is the new equivalent of buying her a diamond ring. Tiffanys, Debeers and Michael Hill should be shaking in their collective boots.

I just thought, the best thing about it is you can make her as many different things you like, it’s your thoughtfulness and creativity that will impress her. But when it comes to rings, the only way to improve on the last ring, is to buy a bigger and better one. That’s a slippery slope if ever I saw one.

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