Jimmy DiResta builds a stool with steel finger joints

Jimmy DiResta was sitting on a plane, looking at his clasped hands, when he wondered if he could possibly create a joint that worked on a similar principle of interleaving fingers clasping two pieces of material together. The result of that inspiration is this steel stool connected together by CNC-cut finger joints.

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Jimmy DiResta makes an oval mirror frame

In each episode of DiResta (every other Wednesday), artist and master builder Jimmy DiResta (Dirty Money, Hammered, Against the Grain, Trash for Cash) lets MAKE into his workshop, to look over his shoulder while he builds whatever strikes his fancy.

In this episode Jimmy whips out a beautiful oak-framed mirror. He doesn't spray paint it with his name as he normally does with what he makes, but he does manage to work a DiResta tag in there anyway. And watch for the simple, but clever way he scribes the oval for the template. Read the rest

Maker Jimmy DiResta's top five MAKE videos

[Video Link] I've mentioned before that I love Jimmy DiResta's MAKE videos. He's an alpha-maker who has hosted several TV series (Dirty Money, Against the Grain, Hammered with John & Jimmy DiResta, Trash to Cash). For the past year, he's been making videos for MAKE that shows his process of creating things in his workshop. They are mesmerizing. The videos have no narration. The sound his tools make serve as the background music.

To celebrate his one-year anniversary on MAKE, Jimmy posted his five favorite videos so far: The Star Key, The Handmade Key, The Thinker Lamp, Moose Antlers, and The Slab Bench.

Creating these movies is the best mental exercise for me. Having to create an object and tell the story with visuals only is the challenge each week and it keeps me inventing constantly. In the video above I call out my top five favorites videos and some of the inspiration that went into them.

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