Hello once again Ventura followers! This is Abby Dougherty from MAAT Design firm back again to talk all about what has been going on in our class in the last two weeks. Since I have last talked to y’all, there have been an abundance of “snow/ice” days at school, which have unfortunately largely affected our amount of Engineering class time. Because of this, our classes have been really stretched out, making it a bit hard to get any amount of work done.
One thing we have been able to do is meet with Pam Powell and talk about how we are going to go about building the furniture for the Airstream. Up until last class, the entire thing was just over whelming. No body really knew what was going on, nor did any of us actually understand how we were going to successfully build all of this furniture. I think our whole class dived into everything head first, and then realized that there were a lot more things that needed to be accounted for before diving in. Pam Powell gave a presentation to our class that helped to clarify a lot of the requirements for this project.
She told us how exactly we are going to want to go about reconstructing the Airstream, as well as what type of furniture would be the most efficient. Luckily, all of our furniture was reasonably, making this assignment the slightest bit easier. One of the pieces of furniture that was really stressing everybody out was the couch along the front end of the trailer. This couch curves with the Airstream, making the pieces required to build this very difficult. Luckily, with Pam Powell’s help, we were able to come up with an easy solution: Build a simple frame, and install a board on top that accurately follows the curve of the trailer. Because of her help, she made a seemingly complicated job somewhat easier.
Also with Pam Powell, a group of girls went out to the trailer in order to find measurements for the frame for the couch. Unlike our usual measuring tape and ruler, she taught us how to use a chalk line. A chalk line is a little contraption that has a spindle of string wound up in an area full of chalk. In order to use the line, you hold it down and pull out the string, coating it in chalk. Next, you carefully and tightly put it on the ground at the spot where you want a straight line. After the line is on the ground tightly, someone pulls straight up on the middle and lets go; resulting in a sharp and straight line that helps to make easy measurements.
With Pam Powell’s help, we were able to finally get a better understanding of what we actually need to do to complete Milestone 2 (in other words, she explained to us the process and requirements of all of the individual pieces for Milestone 2). Thanks to her, the Airstream renovation could actually be successful!