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.
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?
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.
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.