1 – Ability to woodwork
My first constraint is my ability to woodwork; or rather, my lack of ability. For this project, I am not just learning a new skill but attempting to master it – all in a couple months. I took the woodworking workshop at the Idea Forge, and using the tools seems simple enough. However, until I actually start building, I have no idea how tough this is going to be. Additionally, while cutting the pieces of wood may be fast and easy, I still have to attach them together cohesively, and incorporate a dynamic part (either the light bulb and/or a type of drawer).
2 – Time management
My second largest constraint is time management. I don’t have a blueprint, with steps and instructions on what sizes I need of everything. I don’t mean just the final product, I mean for screws, nails, glue, curing time, etc. I don’t know how many times I’m going to mess up, or if I’ll have the possibility of starting over, and going back to the drawing board. At what point am I at the point of no return?
3 – Aesthetic of wood
As long as I take the industrial route, the wood will naturally fit in to the aesthetic. However, if I go minimalist or futuristic, I will need to find a way to stain the wood to match what I’m looking for. Also, if I mess up on a shape, will I still be able to use it? I need to make sure it fits the aesthetic simply by changing the color, or size, or something “easy”
4 – Aesthetic of light bulb
Similar to wood, an exposed light bulb is it’s own aesthetic. I don’t know yet if I’m going to use a regular bulb, or use an LED strip, or what kind of hue I prefer. All of these have their own aesthetic, and I need to pay attention to what kind of light a certain bulb will add to my project. Below are several different types of bulbs I’m thinking about using.
5 – Materials/budget/transportation
Materials, budget, and transportation are not the main concerns, but they are still constraints that I have to deal with. I will aim to use as many Idea Forge & ITLL resources as possible, but most resources I have to buy. As far as materials being a constraint, I can get all my materials locally and easily. That being said, I still need to borrow a car to buy the materials, as well as store them somewhere in a one-bedroom apartment. I don’t have a school parking pass, so bringing my project with me to and from school is going to be very difficult.