Math + Making

A student blog for Math 189AH: Making Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College

Wooden Shelves

Jonathon Roberts
Jackson Salumbides
King Osei

Creating hexagonal wooden shelves

In this project, Jonathon, King, and Jackson worked on creating a geometric-driven wooden shelf.

We were inspired by Sierpinski patterns and how equilateral triangles are being layered to recursively create more equilateral triangles. In formal terms, the Sierpinski Triangle is a fractal that is formed by removing equilateral triangles from a large equilateral triangle. Here is an example:

We decided to explore a hexagonal pattern as we thought each slot would have more space for objects. We started the process in the wood shop in the Makerspace. First, we gathered the wood.

Then, we divided the wood into equal pieces at a 30-degree angle.

We laid out the wood, then we added glue adhesive to the ends of the wood.

We added blue tape to the back of the wood to keep it in place as we attached the wood into a hexagonal shape. Then, we let the adhesive stick together to affirm the hexagonal shape for 24 hours. Here is the result of one of the hexagonal shelf slots:

This process details the creation of one hexagonal shelf slot. We have to create some more slots to put it all together!


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