I am a DIY, hands-on, must-fix-it-myself kinda woman. Almost EVERY piece of IKEA furniture in our house is installed by yours truly. And I have A LOT of IKEA furniture at home. It was like back in Secondary school days where I had the most memorable time of my teenager life as a Design and Technical (D&T) student. I got to use the saw, hand drill, do lots of hammering and sanding to create my very own wooden mobile phone holder.
Here’s what happened that morning…
I was excited to spot my name together with the tools and stuff we’ll be working on that morning. And even better was to find two familiar faces at my work table. It’s always more fun to attend workshops with friends right? So I was super excited to get started.
The friend instructor from XPC demonstrated step-by-step what we need to do that morning. He broke down the steps into bite sized chunks so we can watch, learn and do slowly. He confessed that he is also very new in this woodwork gig and was very shy and soft spoken that morning.
Spot the extra three holes in the above pic? Well yup, couple of us had too much horse power that morning and drilled too deep into the wood and onto the table top! I felt really very bad cos these are three very deep deep holes. Not advisable for any beginners to try drilling holes through wood at home! Go to XPC and learn from the experts first and get used to handling the tools before attempting on your own.
After much effort, I was almost done with my piece when I found a crack in one of the side pieces! Thanks to the instructor who quickly duplicated one piece for me at half the speed I would have taken.
And here’s my finished woodwork! A mobile phone holder wor. Its the best we can produce in a short 2 hours, and I’ve got quite a bit of help from the friendly instructors. Been more than 20 years since I did any serious D&T stuff so my mind and hands are rusty.
XPC welcomes makers, tinkerers, hackers and inventors who seek a deeper interest on enriching their skill sets and introducing innovation in Craft, Design & Technology. Let’s together build a platform for the community to engage and discuss new ideas towards designing and making products made in Singapore.
With little space around at home for any proper DIY projects or hack our own IKEA home pieces, but now we have XPC who provide the space and tools for all your D.I.Y. needs, making D.I.Y. fun and affordable for everyone! They welcome both beginners and enthusiasts to learn and share with the community to grow the maker culture here in Singapore. Providing a reasonable selection of raw materials for your needs, along with basic tools and machines that you can use for your projects. It’s like having access to a technical workshop for your fun home improvement project!
Perhaps its time to get some home improvement going on our own soon! Have always wanted to try something form Ikea Hackers website.
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Photos in this post taken with the ASUS Zenfone Selife smart phone, with dual 13-megapixel back and front camera, making all photos an awesome one while you're on the go. Read my review of the phone here.