Alex's House

December 6, 2017 - March 28, 2018

Over the course of 12 weeks Alex, 6th grade, learns how to build in 3D using a modeling program called SketchUp Free. Each session consists of  a 2 hour meeting via Skype where he designs beginner woodworking projects which can be built using low-cost, readily available materials and a few basic power tools. On the weekends, with adult supervision, he measures, cuts, and assembles each project using the instructions created during the 3D modeling sessions.


SESSION 1: SKETCHUP

December 6, 2017 | 1:00pm - 3:00pm EST

Our first step is to familiarize ourselves with a 3D modeling program called SketchUp Free. We will use this program to design projects throughout each session.

 

SketchUp Tutorial Part 1

We will watch this tutorial as an introduction to basic drawing principles on SketchUp.

Overview of tools and materials

After exploring our digital tools, we will outline the materials required for sessions 2&3. Below are links for recommended models of each tools we will use throughout our sessions. Most of the materials are available at Allen Lumber in Waitsfield, the rest of the tools can be found online.

Available at Allen Lumber in Waitsfield, VT:

Tools available to order online:

 

Budget

We will create a spreadsheet using GoogleDocs to document all of our expenses and to keep an itemized record of all of our materials.

 

Homework Due: December 13, 2017

  • Purchase tools and materials for session 2.

SESSION 2: Tool SAFETY

December 13, 2017 | 1:00pm - 3:00pm EST

Today we will begin by reviewing safety procedures for using the miter saw. We will watch a video and take notes on how to safely cut wood and prepare your workspace.

 

Safety Equipment and tools Required:

  • ear protection
  • protective eyewear
  • Heavy table or stand for mounting miter saw
  • miter saw

 

Miter Saw Safety Training w/ adult supervision

Before we can begin to cut our lumber on the miter saw we need to go through a safety training and double check that our workspace is safe. This video is helpful to give you an overview of miter saw safety.

The green circles indicate where you should place your hands when making a cut. The red line outlines the area where you should not place your hands.

 Before plugging in the saw, take time to familiarize yourself with all of the features on the saw.

Before plugging in the saw, take time to familiarize yourself with all of the features on the saw.

Vocabulary

  • Cut List – a list of all of the materials you will need for a project sorted by dimensions. An accurate cut list helps prevent the inconvenience of not buying enough material and the expense of buying too much. 

 

Homework Due: December 20, 2017

  • Cut the 2x3's you purchased using the miter saw according to the cut list we drafted.
  • Watch cordless drill video with adult.

Session 3: Wall Frame

December 20, 2017 | 3:00pm - 5:00pm EST

Safety Equipment and Tools Required:

Materials:

  • (4) 2x3x8'

Cut List:

  • (2) 2"x3"x6' (step 1)
  • (4) 2"x3"x4' (step 2)
  • (2) 2"x3"x2'10.5" (step 3)
  • (6) 2"x3"x1' (step 4)
  • (1) 2"x3"x2'11.5" (step 5)
  • (1) 2"x3"x3'2.5" (step 5)

1.) Top & Bottom Plate

Lay (2)  2x3x6' boards on the ground parallel to each other. On one end of the boards place a 2x3x4' board perpendicular to the 6' length boards. Use a speed square to ensure right angle and screw together using (2) 2.5" screws on each end.

Drill pilot holes at each connection point, this will help guide screws into place and will prevent wood splitting.

2.) Studs

Mark the 2x3x6' boards at 16" increments from each end and place the remaining (3) 2x3x4' boards between the top and bottom plates. Use a speed square to ensure right angle and screw together using (2) 2.5" screws on each end.

Space each stud at 16" on center.

3.) Trimmer Stud

Take the (2) 2x3x2'10.5" boards and attach them to the interior studs of the wall frame.

Use (4) 2.5" screws to attach the trimmer stud.

4.) Cripple Studs

Cripple studs carry the regular wall stud layout across the framed window opening. Attach each 2x3x1' piece onto the top and bottom plate using (2) 2.5" screws at each connection point. Use a speed square to ensure right angle.

Join the cripple stud on the bottom plate to the trimmer stud using (2) 2.5" screws.

5.) Window Sill & Header

Use the remaining 3'2.5" and 2'11.5" length boards for the window sill and header. 

Use (2) 2.5" screws at each connection point to join the window sill and header to the cripple and trimmer studs.

Label wall

Once wall section is assembled, use a marker to label the different parts.

Vocabulary

  • Pilot hole – a hole slightly smaller than the thread diameter of a screw drilled into a workpiece to prevent it from splitting.
  • Plywood – a glued wood panel usually 4’ x 8’ made up of thin layers of wood laid at right angles to each other.
  • Rough lumber – boards which are sawn, edges and trimmed but not run through a planer

Session 4: Shelf

January 3, 2018 | 1:00pm - 3:00pm EST

Safety Equipment and Tools Required:

Materials:

  • (3) 1"x10"x6'

Cut List:

  • (2) 1"x10"x2'6" (steps 1&4)
  • (4) 1"x10"x3' (steps 2&3)*

*(The saw blade will take off approx. 1/8". It is ok if these are slightly shorter than 3', just make sure they are all the same length.)

1.) Shelf Frame

Form an L shape on the floor with a 2' 6" and 3' board.  Use drill to make three pilot holes on the end of the 2'6" board and screw  together using 1.5" screws.

Use a speed square to ensure right angle.

2.) Spacing

Measure and mark the edge of the 2'6" board with 10" increments. Line up each shelf on center with the mark. Use a speed square to ensure a right angle at the connection and screw together.

3.) Screw Shelves

Continue screwing on the remaining shelves with (3) 1.5" screws at each connection point.

4.) Complete Frame

Mark the remaining 2'6" board at 10" increments. Line up with the shelves using a speed square to ensure each is set at a right angle. Screw together to complete the shelf.

Dimensions: 2/6" H x 3' W, 9' 1/4" D


Session 5: Coffee Table

January 15, 2018 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm EST

Safety Equipment and Tools Required:

Materials:

  • (5) 2"x4"x8'  
  • (4) 1"x6"x8' 

Cut List:

  • (4) 2"x4"x1'4" (steps 1&2)
  • (4) 2"x4"x2' 3 1/2" (steps 1&2)
  • (2) 2"x4"x2' 6" (step 3)
  • (5) 1"x6"x2' (step 4)
  • (6) 1"x6"x2' 6" (step 5)

1.) Table Legs

Screw together a set of table legs.

Use 2 1/2" screws to attach a 2x4x2' 3 1/2" onto two leg boards. Use a speed square to ensure a right angle at the connection points. 

Flip the piece over and attach a second 2x4x2' 3 1/2" onto the bottom of the table legs.

2.) Repeat

Assemble a second set of table legs.

Repeat step 3 to make two identical table leg sets.

3.) Complete Frame

Use the remaining 2x4x2' 6" boards to complete the frame of the coffee table.

Attach 2x4x2'6" boards with 2 1/2" screws.

Use a speed square to ensure every connection point is a right angle.

4.) Bottom Shelf

Use  1x6x2' board to begin constructing the bottom shelf of the coffee table.

Place the first board on the edge of the table frame.

Drill a pilot hole and use 1 1/2" screws to attach each 1x6x2' board to the table frame.

Screw on the remaining of the 1x6x2' boards.

5.) Table Top

Drill pilot holes and use 1 1/2" screws to attach each 1x6x2' 6" board onto to the top of the table frame

Give the first 1x6x2' 6" board a slight overhang of 1 1/4".

Screw on the remaining 1x6x2' 6" boards.


Session 6: Coat Rack

January 24, 2018 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm EST

Safety Equipment and Tools Required:

MATERIALS:

  • (2) 5/4x8"x8'  
  • (4) coat hooks
  • 2" screws 

CUT LIST:

  • (2) 5/4"x8"x1' 5 1/2" (step 1)
  • (2) 5/4"x8"x2' 8" (steps 2&3)
  • (2) 5/4"x8"x9" (step 4)
  • (1) 5/4"x8"x2' 11 1/2" (step 5)

1.) sides

Take your 1' 5 1/2" pieces and mark them at 3" along the bottom and 4" on the side. Draw a line connecting the marks.

Use clamps to secure the board onto a work table and cut along the line using a jig saw. RECOMMENDED: Practice cutting along lines on scrap pieces before you attempt your final cuts.

2.) back

Take a 2' 8" length board and screw the side pieces onto both ends . Make sure to drill pilot holes into the side pieces before screwing together with (3) 2" screws on each side.

3.) shelf

Add the other 2' 8" piece on top of the back piece and screw together through the sides. 

 Add (3) 2" screws through the shelf into the back piece. Use a speed square to ensure a right angle.

Add (3) 2" screws through the shelf into the back piece. Use a speed square to ensure a right angle.

4.) Cubby Spacers

From either side of the shelf measure 10 1/2" inches to find the mid point of the cubby spacer. 

Use a speed square to ensure a right angle before screwing in cubby spacers. Screw together through the bottom of the shelf.

Each cubby unit should be 10" wide.

 Use (3) 2" screws for each 9" cubby spacers.

Use (3) 2" screws for each 9" cubby spacers.

5.) Top

Mark the 2' 11 1/2" piece at 3/4" on one side. This guide point will help you line up the top piece with a 3/4" overhang. Use a speed square when screwing to ensure a right angle at each connection point.

The top piece will hang over the sides 3/4" on each side.

Use (3) 2" screws at each connection point to screw the top piece onto the sides and cubby spacers.


Session 7: Lumber Dimensions

January 29, 2018 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm EST


Session 8: Desk

February 5, 2018 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm EST

Safety Equipment and Tools Required:

MATERIALS:

  • (3) 2x3x8' 
  • (2) 4x4x8' Spruce

CUT LIST:

  • (2) 2x3x2'6" (front/rear desk frame, step 1)
  • (4) 2x3x1'9" (interior frame, steps 1&3)
  • (2) 2x3x1'2" (leg bracing, will be used next week)
  • (4) 4x4x8' (legs, step 2)

1.) Frame

Create a rectangle by screwing together (2) 1'9" and (2) 2'6" length 2x3's. Use (2) 2 1/2" screws at each connection point. Use a speed square to ensure right angle.

2.) Legs

Use a clamp to secure 4x4 leg onto the 2x3 frame. Screw together using (3) 2 1/2" screws. 

Repeat process for each leg.

3.) Interior Frame

Use your remaining 1'9" boards to frame the interior of the desk.


Session 9: House Design 1

February 14, 2018 | 1:00pm - 3:00pm EST

SAFETY EQUIPMENT AND TOOLS REQUIRED:

Materials:

 

Cut List:

  • (2) 2x10x112" PT
  • (2) 2x10x93" PT
  • (3) 4'x8'x3/4" PT 
  • (2) 4x4x10' (optional for skids)

 

Wall frame

(_) 2x4x8'

(_) 2x4x10'