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TSAS Seniors: Versatility

Seniors (Spring 2014)Sean Murray

Fresh off completion off a furniture-quality bookcase and beautiful sanded, finished live-edge shelves, our oldest builders started in on...a mechanism for smashing things.

This group has range.

The Smash-o-Tine (as opposed to guillotine) will guide an 83 lbs. section of salvaged railroad track from a rack six feet above the ground to an unwitting piece of fruit on a (heavily-reinforced) platform below.

The Smash-o-Tine is playful, but also represents to serious engineering challenges: the safe management of an enormous amount of energy, and a tight timeline--next week is our final meeting.

Will fruit be smashed?

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