Here are updates on my project since my big update last time (link). The important update is that I was able to finish my first prototype before spring break!
- Create product to include in presentation to facilities/ResLife
- Test manufacturing methods
- Gain clarity on future design changes, specifically focusing on the framing.
- Wood, extruded metal, combination?
- Miter Saw
- Table Saw
- Carpenter’s plane
- Drill press
- Hand drill and circular saw
First, I prepared the lumber with a table saw – 4 sections had to be cut from the 8′ 2×4.
The four side pieces were then given angled cuts (45o) with the miter saw.
A ¼” router bit was used to put a slot through the sides.
After touching up the pieces with a carpenter’s plane, the front looked much better.
Completing the frame requires the attachment of the keyhole plates.
- Smooth the lumber with the planing tool BEFORE the other manufacturing steps. This will create a higher quality frame with better uniformity/symmetry.
- Future woodworking, especially for the location of holes, needs to be more accurate.
Meeting with Facilities/Housing&Dining: I was unable to attend the brief meeting that finally happening with facilities and ResLife staff before break, but a huge shout out to Sami for being able to! Here are the results:
- First meeting to talk about the idea – there will be later meetings to go over redefined design(s)
- Any attachment to walls must be under 4 inches
- Look at IBC (international building code) for required standards
- Definitely use safety glass!
- Wall attachment method should match the prototype (snaptoggle plus keyhole plate), but add screw on the bottom for securement so it can’t be lifted off
- No fabric in the design
- Metal frame would be better than wood frame
- Give both options (metal and wood) to fire marshal
- Need to get board locations selected sooner rather than later for approval
- 3’ x 5’ is a better size for the wall (need to look at weight)
- Before the glassboards can move forward, EHP/facilities/residence-life are going to put together a process for submitting/approving proposals.
Because of this, my project will likely become that of an advanced prototype for the end of the class.
20th Century Design Movements:
These are the specific design movements of the 20th century that are influencing my design:
- International Style – especially for the metal frame design that is next to focus on
- Arts & Crafts – use your hands to make something special and that stands out as homemade!