Framing for the Future

Dear WordPress readers,

Ms. Jo and Chandler screwing the two walls together

Ms. Jo and Chandler screwing the two walls together

It has been a long road since the start of our DAP with many different project ideas such as tiny homes, and tea houses and lots of bumps along the way concerning anything from climbing walls to chicken coop designs, but we are finally starting to see our hard work paying off and it feels awesome. We have begun framing our greenhouse this past class period and it’s been wonderful to see it really come together, a real product that we made with our own hands.

That’s not to say we haven’t had our struggles. Just over spring break when we were building our separate walls, we accidentally put the top piece of wood for the door inside the two side pieces, making the frame look wonky. Luckily, our observant teacher Ms. Jo, caught our mistake before framing began, so we were quickly able to fix it. We have also had trouble with making wood pieces exactly the same size while cutting. Who knew ⅛ of an inch makes such a big difference!? The more we make mistakes, the more important things we learn about building, and the more we really benefit from this whole experience, so that in the future, we will be able to use our own hands and imagination to build whatever we choose.

Working hard or hardly working? Left to Right: Shilah, Mikayla, and Lucia.

Working hard or hardly working? Left to Right: Shilah, Mikayla, and Lucia.

But before being able to actually put the greenhouse together, we had to measure out the spot we were going to put it on, and then make sure the ground was leveled and the weeds were pulled. Over the past couple of class periods we have had several girls go level the ground by digging up the earth to even it out, and let me tell you, that is not an easy job! The ground is quite hard and we actually had to jump on the shovels to get them to move even an inch into the ground, and when we got one side of the 10’ by 12’ foot space leveled, the other side looked off. After two class periods we managed to get the ground even and we began to frame on it!

Throughout this class the most important thing I have learned is that anyone can imagine, design, and build. Society sees building as a man’s job because of all the dangerous tools and heavy lifting involved but our greenhouse just goes to show that girls are just as qualified to build. Not only that, but we also learn that these loud tools aren’t so scary once you learn the correct way to use them, giving us confidence that we didn’t know we needed. This experience really has opened my eyes to all the possibilities we girls have, in any field we choose, as long as we are willing to put in the work.

Thanks for tuning in,

Shahar Ped

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