Welcome to Monkey Wrench Design!

We regret to inform you that this site was destroyed during the Civil War and so is currently under reconstruction.  Please excuse its appearance in the meantime.

At least you can hear about what we do:

Monkey Wrench Design
is located in Sunnyvale, CA and provides design and design consulting services. We will take on
any type of work that you desire, from art to engineering! Be it a single installation or mass production, we can do it.

Our shop has full prototyping and machining capabilities, complete with a CNC Vertical machining center, soon to be operational CNC plasma cutter, lathe, band saw, oxy rig, MIG welder, saws a plenty, shelves of hand tools, and a loft space for fine art endeavors

CONTACT:    Edwin Wood         edwood@mwdes.com
                                                 c: 203.767.9305   

                        Andrew Murphy    almurphy@mwdes.com    
                                                  c: 214.356.7350

                    Monkey Wrench Design
                    1016 Morse Ave
                    Sunnyvale, CA 94089

The first MWD project was an all-wheel drive, battery powered bean bag chair. Fun at heart, the motorized bean bag chair takes in-home entertainment to the next level, and of course, offers a comfortable ride. It has a custom digital control board and a separate motor for each wheel, resulting in one horsepower drive with more torque than a stock Honda Civic.  

MWD just finished a custom chair for the Stanford Children's Hospital, to be used in x-ray studies. It has power lift and rotation capability, and fully supports its patient from the head to the feet. It is intended for use with patients from the ages of 8 to 18, who have minimal to no control over the motion and position of their bodies.

MWD, created the RotoMax, a robotic time lapse camera arm/tripod/mount, for Bay Area designer Andreas Braendhaugen. See some of the results of the RotoMax here: www.vimeo.com/tag:rotomaxs

MWD is now working on developing an art installation with Gorbet and Banerjee, LLC that will be displayed in the new San Jose Airport terminal for the next three years.  It's a really quite complicated and will be awesome when complete and installed on 1-10-10.

MWD is also about to undertake the renovation of an iconic Stanford work space, The Product Design Loft. Over the course of the next three months we will be designing and fabricating tons of furniture and other things that foster creative collaberation. 

A little about us:

Andrew Murphy -

     Andrew was born in Dallas Texas. He has been engineering and making cool things since the age of four when he connected a light bulb to a battery. Inspired by the need to create mechanical sculptures in childhood, Andrew has tried to learn as much as he can about engineering, design, and art. He graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas with a degree in electrical engineering.  Prior to graduation Andrew started his own design and engineering firm, PMP engineering, to design products for the bicycle fitness industry and medical records industry. After being accepted into the Stanford Joint Program in Design in the spring of 2008, Andrew moved from Dallas to Northern California.

      In the past two years Andrew has worked on a number of projects, from designing a patent pending, advanced bicycle training device, to designing and fabricating an autonomous underwater robotic submarine.  Hobbies include biking, painting, woodworking, and driving Ed around.

Ed Wood

     Ed's interest in engineering began at the age of fifteen when he made the choice to spend his life savings on 1967 Ford Mustang (devoid of both a motor and transmission.) Infatuated by the simultaneous complexity yet simplicity of early vehicles, it was a short step to take on the design of such systems. Through and after college he worked designing x-ray inspection systems. The applications ranged from simple fixtures to a machine that automatically inspected grenade fuses received from a conveyor line. Ed designed, assembled and programmed the latter system himself over a period of nine months. (Hence, he regards it as his child.) He moved form x-ray to surgical products and took his design to a much smaller (and critical) scale.

     His hobbies include woodworking, bowling, playing guitar, recording and mixing music, trying to learn Spanish, (more recently) painting, shooting music videos and brewing beer. Currently, he is pursuing a masters of engineering in the Joint Program in  Design at Stanford University.