Field trip to Prince Lumber!

After a discussion yesterday with the Parsons woodshop guy, Vinny, I decided on how I was going to build my little platform for the show. Unfortunately it seemed to be a bigger, and more costly endeavor than I expected. Vinny suggested getting the lumber ordered and delivered to school. The place that would do that for me in the city is Prince Lumber located on 15th and 9th.

After talking with my thesis show neighbors and classmates, Youmna and Daniela they also decided they needed a platform for their project. Today we went together on a field trip to spend more money on thesis.

Prince Lumber has really great customer service. I talked with Phil, and he helped us figure out what we needed. After showing him my drawing and diagram, explaining what it was for, going back and forth through some confusing conversations about structure, and taking many trips in and out to see different types of plywood we finally came to a conclusion. Phil was very patient with us and I thank him for that! He showed me options I had but also kept in mind that we were on a budget and spending money on something we didn’t plan on having and something we will not be keeping after the show. They will be cutting our pieces down to size and then delivering to us tomorrow morning sometime between 9am and 12pm. This means having an unusually early start to my day!
On my way home I stopped at my other professor, Claudia’s apartment because I mentioned I needed to locate a drill to build this contraption and she had one! Amazing. I’m not sure if I will be building anything tomorrow, but I will definitely go looking for the right screws and supplies I need. I also think going to have to get some sanding supplies and something to finish the surface.

Just a pic of my essentials: Wallet, check. Computer, check. Notebook, check. Drill? Check.


Hello world, meet my thesis.


Meet my big red box! Well, actually it’s a little more than that but to the average person, it’s santa’s bag of toys he forgot to take back with him to the North Pole. Today was the first day that I took my thesis out into the city. Until now it’s been on Maui, on a plane, in some bags, but never rolling the streets. Today I had my individual meeting with Katherine, my thesis professor so I had to bring it out! I also wanted to test to see how well my deign would be. Turned out, not so good for some things.


I took it up and down the subway and rolled it from my apartment but it slowed me down. Being on all fours was difficult because I had to push it. After my meeting I went to Home Depot and got myself a collapsible cart. Just one of two left! It worked well until the roommate and I knocked each other and it collapsed over near our street. Might have to work on a better balancing act. I also tripped over my thesis and almost fell with it this afternoon on my way to school. I think a bruise is forming but, just shows the things I have to be aware of! The handle that I sewed ripped a little due to my lack is preparation in double sticking but…that can be fixed too! Other than that the size is good. It’s not easy, but a welcomed challenge.

Katherine suggested for me to use cutting board oil to finish my table. This was the best idea! I was struggling looking for the right finish that also didn’t leave a smell. I bought this stuff at the HD(Home Depot) today and its perfect. This way the surface is treated but also food safe. I had to warm it up a little, as the directions indicates before wiping it on. Good thing I have lots of extra muslin lying around. I love how the mineral oil darkened the wood and overall, gave it a richer tone. At one point I was contemplating putting some pattern and designs on the box but I am over that. I really like the wood as-is and with so much other stuff going on with the patterning in the fabrics that it would just be too much.

I also had a meeting with Louisa, writing teacher today. We talked about my outline and format for my final paper. I think we settled on a really good plan of attack and now that my box is near complete and dinners will be starting, I can focus on sifting through the 30 thesis pages I currently have and also write new segments to bring it all together. Louisa also mentioned she wanted an online presence, so I’m going to have to think about how this project will live on the web (because I shouldn’t have been doing that already). So hello world, welcome to Matsumoto Thesis.




Mom would never approve of this: sanding and finishing the box in no whee else, but my own bedroom. It left a little mess, but nothing a clean up party wouldn’t fix. So now my boxes are semi-finished. They are puttied, sanded, and moveable. Next thing to think about and tackle are those designs…will they make it on there or not?