Now that the floor plan is set, we made a list of the furniture we are going to be building ourselves. The two long tables, the round couch, the dinette, two mini tables, chairs, bookshelf, and the food counter will be built by us. The only pieces of furniture we will be buying are the stools. “But it’s just a stool…” you might be thinking. I also thought stools were easy to make, but it turns out there is a certain angle in which the stool needs to be built and it would take too long. We have a deadline so we are trying to plan everything to be done as fast as possible. The most difficult piece of furniture that we will build is the round couch, but it’s doable. Our first task for milestone #2 is to make the furniture on Google Sketch Up. My group, Dream Designers, has divided the furniture among the three of us. I am in charge of the round couch, dinette, and the food counter. I have completed my dinette design on Google Sketch Up. Once I complete all three pieces of furniture, I can look up the materials they will be made of. I have to be specific with the materials, how much will they cost? What are their dimensions? How will they be fastened together? What nails/screws will we use? Etc.
Mrs. Pam Powell has been a huge help and she continues to donate her time to aid us in milestone #2. With her help, I now have an idea of how I should design the round couch. She has also taught us how to go in the Airstream and “pop” lines. This is done with a chalk box; it has string and chalk dust inside. The string is pulled out to create a chalk line. Making lines with this tool is not permanent so we can make as many guidelines on the Airstream as we want. During Mrs. Powell’s visit, we made guidelines for the placement of the round couch. There is a possibility that the engineering students will get to visit Mrs. Powell’s workshop, where she will teach us how to use tools and maybe start building the furniture.
Thus far, I am not enjoying the program Google Sketch Up. I think it’s because I have grown to love the program Inventor and it annoys me when I can’t do something on Google Sketch Up that I could have easily done on Inventor. It took me an hour to make the dinette table on google sketch up. At this rate, I will probably finish the round couch in 5 hours. In my previous blog, I had predicted that our next milestone would be the aesthetics. However, I was dead wrong. The aesthetics are the very last thing we are doing. I know many of us were pretty disappointed about that. I’m just excited about using tools and building stuff.