Hello Project VENTURA readers and enthusiasts, it is Shilah again, updating you on the news happening with our Project VENTURA greenhouse! Last you heard, we were still finishing up our frame of the greenhouse model and are beginning the financial part. Just this week we learned how to use the miter saw to cut angles for the frame of the roof and how to install brackets on the side frame of the greenhouse. Awesome right?
If it wasn’t for the miter saw I don’t know how we would have gotten the job done! As you may know a miter saw also known as a chop saw or drop saw, is used to make accurate straight cuts and angled cuts on wood. And above all it is much safer than a circular saw! As you can see in the picture to the right our miter saw is placed on a table to make sure the wood can rest flat to make an accurate cut.
In class we needed to use the miter saw to cut the angles for the frame of the roof which measured to be exactly 22 ½ degrees. On the miter saw there is a table locking knob that can rotate and use the miter scale below to adjust the saw at the correct angle you want. Then the sawing begins! When we were sawing there were a couple of times when we cut the wood a little longer than it was supposed to be, but as Ms. Jo says, it is better to have the wood longer than to have it shorter! In life it is most of the time easier to cut down than to add more.
Just today we learned the importance of brackets and how to install them in the side frames of the green house! Note: it makes it easier if you have a partner to help. Screwing in the brackets was a lot of fun, but the most difficult part was trying position the drill straight while we had the side support in the way. But all the more of a challenge!
After class on Friday, we had finished most of the frame work and our project is finally starting to look like a greenhouse. Thanks for reading my keeping up, I am really excited to see how our greenhouse project turns out and I hope you are just as excited as we are!