Meghan:

Tell us about your recent projects you’ve completed at the Makerspace.

Matt:

I had an old cheap bench my parents gave me to use as a keyboard bench. It was falling apart, so I decided to make another one. I bought rough sawn oak, planed it down and did mortise and tenon joints to connect all the pieces together. I only used joinery and glue to hold the whole thing together! For the bench top I upholstered a cushion over a plywood base to match the original bench design.

I also made a wood brand to mark my finished wood creations. It is brass that I hand milled with a Dremel and the Bridgeport mill. When I cut out my design I TIG welded it to a brass rod that fit into a big stained glass soldering iron to get enough heat into it. The parrot design comes from a wooden parrot that my great grandfather (another hobby woodworker) made that has hung on my dad’s workbench my entire life.

Meghan:

What is your role at Stanley Black and Decker? Tell us a little about what a “day in the life” of you is like.

Matt:

I am an outdoor power tools Mechanical Engineer. A day in the life is either in the office using CATIA/designing or outside mowing/string trimming. I have designed housings for a string trimmer, a lawnmower and two blowers to date and am currently working on another lawnmower.

 

Meghan:

What do you love about the Makerspace?

Matt:

I have always wanted to learn to use a Bridgeport mill and weld. The Makerspace has allowed me to finally do that!

Meghan:

What classes have you taken and which do you plan to take? Have you taught any classes?

Matt:

I think I’ve taken all the classes that I didn’t know how to do before (Lathe, Bridgeport Mill, MIG and TIG Welding, Plasma Cutter, Shopbot, Wood Milling, Laser Engraving & Cutting and Vinyl Cutting)

I also created the synth for the Make+ Take Synth/Intro to Soldering class that I teach.

 

Meghan:

What kind of projects do you like to work on and what materials do you like to work with?

Matt:

I tend to jump between project types when I finish one, but recently it’s been woodworking, 3D printing and electronic projects.

 

Meghan:

What is your favorite type of music to work to?

Matt:

Depends mostly on my mood, but some good standbys are LCD Soundsystem, Daft Punk, The B-52’s and David Bowie. I just discovered some new stuff I like including Caroline Rose, Superorganism and Confidence Man.

 

Meghan:

Tell us one fun fact about yourself!

Matt:

In high school I used to be able to play a variety of instruments (guitar, harmonica, and mandolin to name a few) and I even designed and built my own. I have continued this passion after college by building another cigar box guitar (currently in process) and designing and building synthesizers and other electronic instruments.