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At the end of last year, my father decided that he wanted to build a custom bike. Over the course of the next several months, he fastidiously gathered parts and painted the frame, adding unique touches at every step to build the perfect bicycle. With a clear vision of the aesthetics he was going for, my dad asked for my help to make a special shelf for the front rack. He came up with the design and I took it from there. I had a lot of fun working on this project and enjoyed making something with my dad, even though he is on the other side of the country. I think the custom shelf will add that extra sparkle to his rusty bike.


Having developed a technique for making laser-etched inlays in a previous project (magnetic bottle openers) I applied the same process to the inlay for the shelf. This time I also added some pinstripes by laminating thin pieces of maple on the sides for extra detail. I know I’m nowhere close to being a fine woodworker but using digital fabrication can be pretty convincing!