A photo I took inside the Airstream--holes being patched up!

A photo I took inside the Airstream–holes being patched up!

Hello! I hope everyone enjoyed their spring break. It’s been awhile since I’ve written a blog post, but everything is moving full speed ahead. The week before spring break Milestone 2 was due–which included Google Sketchups of each piece of furniture, cut list, and how we planned to fasten everything. Yesterday in class we were introduced to what Milestone 3 would involve: writing a chapter for an ebook our class is publishing (exciting!!) and redoing our inspiration boards for the interior design aspect of the project (also exciting!!). This is the part that we have all been waiting for, after much blood, sweat, and tears. I’ve mentioned before the approach my group wants to take towards the interior, so I want to talk much about it. We were given the offer to gut out our models and redo it to fit the current floorplan. Also, with showing the floorplan would be the interior design (colors, floor, etc.). However, my team and I have not decided whether we want to or not because we spent a lot of hard work and time on that model. It’d be a shame to just gut it out. Today I’m here to talk about fastening and all of the different aspects of it!

First and foremost, I have gathered all of my information from Bolt Depot and HowStuffWorks. What is a fastener? Well the name is a dead give away: fasteners hold things together. Let’s start with the fastener categories. The main one we’ll be using to build the furniture and such are wood screws. These have a tapered point and smooth shank for placing into wood. Other types of categories include machine screws, sheet metal screws, hex bolts, eye bolts, hanger bolts, socket screws, and many more.

Next is head styles. I do not know too much about the different types of screws, but the ones that look familiar to me are the flat, oval, truss, round, and pan screw heads. However there are other head styles such as slotted hex washer (looks extremely complicated, shown to the left), socket cap, button, and hex.

Here are some of the more common fasteners that you’ve most likely heard of. Nails, which are great because it is the easiest way to put two pieces of wood together–no complications! However, it may be better to use screws since they contain more holding power and are easier to remove. If you are searching for a strong bond then bolts are perfect for you. Make sure that you get washers and nuts due to the fact that that’s what bolts use as anchors. For holding two things together for a short amount of time, it’d be best to use clamps (we’ve actually used these in engineering before!) because they are easy to use and provide a quick bond. And last but not least are glues (probably not Elmer’s glue, though). This is using chemicals to bond two or more pieces of some material together.

I hope this blog post was helpful and that you feel more knowledgeable in the fastener world!


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