The Next Ad-VENTURA Begins! – Meredith Oldham, Bel Floratine Custom Designs

Hello Fellow Ad-VENTURA-ers!

Since we last spoke, we have started Milestone #2, although we have just barely scratched the surface. Milestone #2 is going to be another challenging milestone, so we’re hoping to really dig into it sooner rather than later, so we can get it done, and not stress at the last minute, like Milestone #1! (Just take a look through the December 2013 blog archive…)

The purpose of Milestone #2 is: To learn the basics of design planning, construction, fastening, and how to use basic power tools.

This will entail creating a “construction binder” with Google SketchUp models of each piece of furniture. We will also be including fastening plans, wood plans, and purchasing plans in our “construction binder.”

The belly of the beast still looks like this, but it will be changing soon enough!

The belly of the beast still looks like this, but it will be changing soon enough!

Of all the aspects of Milestone #2, the one I’m most excited for is power tool lessons, since I remember loving using the power tools in Middle School PLTW (GTT) with Ms. Clark. I’m most nervous for the Google SketchUp Models because I’m in charge of the stools, and apparently stools are very tricky to make on Google SketchUp, and considering my experience with SketchUp is minimal, I don’t know how that’s going to work out. I’m also a little nervous/confused about the fastening plans, just because that’s an aspect I don’t know too much about and have very limited prior knowledge in.

Recently, we’ve also been getting inspiration from Ana-White.com. Ana White is an “Alaskan homemaker,”  who actually designs furniture using SketchUp, and then builds that furniture for her home. Plus, she shares all her designs on her website for other people to use and share.

This is a master closet storage system SketchUp Design by Ana White, which she also built in her own home. Source: http://ana-white.com/2011/04/master-closet-system

This is a master closet storage system SketchUp Design by Ana White, which she also built in her own home. Source: http://ana-white.com/2011/04/master-closet-system

Ana White has some really neat designs, which we may be able to base some of our furniture SketchUp designs off of. Ana White also gives great instructions and tips, and I especially like how she tries to make everything “ergonomic,” which is a word that Ms. Jo is always using in class.

We will also be having Pam (who worked on Google SketchUp with us last semester) come in to help us with our SketchUp designs, since Pam is a Google SketchUp expert, and knows Google SketchUp in and out. Pam might also be able to help us with the logistics of building some of our furniture, which would be extremely helpful as well when the time comes.

Official Floor Plan

The new floor plan! Thanks to Gaby Ponce of Dream Designers for making this!

Thanks to Gaby Ponce, part of Dream Designers (the winning team!) we also now have a floor plan which so that we can get a visual representation, besides the 3D model, of where everything needs to go, and what the shapes of the furniture pieces should to look like. For example, from seeing this floor plan, I now know that I need to make the small tables (see the red squares on the floor plan?) with curved edges. Also from seeing the floor plan, I found out where the chairs need to go, since that part of the Dream Designers 3D model had confused me before.

That’s all I have for today! See you in February!

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