How Not to Chop Off Your Fingers, Our Visit With Pro Pam Powell – Maya Messinger, MAAT Design Firm

So I’m back… We’ve had a fun time starting to actually draw out – scratch that, sketch out, as in on Google SketchUp (see the pun?) – our ideas for the furniture. How is this different from the floor model, you ask? Well, these ideas are specific. Instead of having “chairs” and “a desk”, we’re making specific designs, with actual materials and dimensions in mind. We learned a bit about cut lists and materials a couple of classes ago, and we’re starting to get the building ball rolling. The wrecking ball rolling? Because that’s kind of related to construction… No? Fine.

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Ideas for various furniture pieces.

Anyways. We’ve been coming up with ideas for the furniture, different designs based on whatever pictures we see and think are cool. Who knew that there were so many possibilities for a dinette table?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On Monday we opened up Google SketchUp to start really making the ideas. Unfortunately, that did not go so well. You would think that designing a long counter would be simple, but… SketchUp is going to take some time getting used to. Basically, it sums up to we don’t know how to manipulate SketchUp and it’s taking more time to digitally design things than it should. But fear not, because my idea is work the trouble! Since we want the counter to be able to fold down whenever somebody’s not using it (ergonomics and utilizing space – a bit of feng shui), we need to design retractable or foldable legs for the counter, too. Basically, think of a table with 4 legs, except two of the legs are gone, that side of the table is attached to the wall of the Airstream. I’m rather proud of it. Now for the digital sketching…

But as a surprise today, we had a nice visit with Pam Powell, Ms. Jo’s friend who teaches a woodworking class at ACC. (She’s also the soccer coach’s mom…) Pam is an expert in the field (having taught for 25 years) and has agreed to see through the remodeling of this Airstream. Pam will basically teach us how to do everything in the coming months, and with her experience, we won’t be sawing our fingers off. She helped allay some of our building fears by showing us how we’re going to build the more challenging furniture pieces, and she’s a really cool person. No nonsense, rolls with the punches, and beautifully practical. Excitingly, we have our first steps in the building process, when we’re ready.

1.)    Re-do parts of the floor that are rotting. A simple intro to woodworking, and doesn’t seem to be too bad.

2.)   Install bamboo wood as the top floor, the one people will actually work on. A step up from working with plywood that won’t be seen…

3.)   Make the “entertainment console”. This is the shelf unit that will hold all of the miscellaneous items. It’s step 3 because it has all right angles, and will also be made of plywood, a cheap material.

4.)   Make the couch frame. This will be where you can tell who are the girls, and who are the women. Just kidding. But really, the couch will be the hardest part because it’s curved. We’ll make a frame and then put plywood on top of it.

How to make the couch frame.

How to make the couch frame.

So that’s pretty much what we’ve done. It’s quarter to midnight because I may have forgotten that my post was due today, but I think this encompasses what we’ve been doing. Stay tuned for my next post as we approach the due date for Milestone 2. After that, spring break starts the building, and we’ll be taking a field trip to the ACC workshop where Pam teaches, and we’ll learn how to use the fancy power tools.

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10 comments

  1. Karla Ruiz · · Reply

    I love how the beginning of the post wasn’t so serious, but it still got straight to the point. Another thing that I really loved is that after the 1st paragraph y’all explained your plan very detailed.

  2. Back when I was younger, I always used to see people cutting wood and painting and I believed it looked easy, but when it came to the builders using the big tools (saw) I noticed that they placed their fingers a specific way so that they won’t get hurt. I am actually scared to cut wood in our PLTW class (I see you there, A3) but really the experience and the final product is what matter most.
    Patty A.

  3. Karla Jaramillo · · Reply

    I love this! Because the way you explain what you are going to do, and they way you explain things in a way that’s easy to understand, and you don’t only explain the things that are going well for you you also talk about the challenges you are having during your project.

  4. Back when I was younger, I always used to see people cutting wood and painting and I believed it looked easy, but when it came to the builders using the big tools (saw) I noticed that they placed their fingers a specific way so that they won’t get hurt. I am actually scared to cut wood in our PLTW class (I see you there, A3) but really the experience and the final product is what matter most.
    Patty A.

  5. Dhivya B. · · Reply

    This was very detailed and humorous at the same time, and it was beautifully written. So cool and makes me want to read what happens next, but also casual. I mean, you even included that you almost finished late! And the title! That’s what made me click on this link. It really draws my attention. Great work!

  6. Gisel perez · · Reply

    I love you you already have this planed out so their will be no misunderstandings or mistakes. You have a very clear idea of you plan, you already know what your using and how. I really like how you also didn’t make this post like all serious but like you added other stuff to make it more interesting.

  7. Catalina Gonzalez · · Reply

    I liked the way you organized the information to make it easier to undersant

  8. Chloe Leline · · Reply

    Your descriptions were very detailed. You did an amazing job. I am sure the final product will be great. Can’t wait to see which designs get picked and how everything turns out!

  9. When I see a saw it does look pretty easy but it is hard.

  10. Angelica Garcia · · Reply

    I like how you add some humor in it to keep us reading.

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