It’s Karrie again. Little Free Library is on a roll! Take a look. We’ve gone from sketches and cardboard to a real wooden bookcase!
Over the past few weeks, our team has completed a cardboard model of our design, learned how to use a lot of power tools in the Makerspace, and with the help of Ms. Jo, we’re making progress on the construction of our Little Free Library! It’s starting to come together and it’s really exciting!
As you can see from the pictures, now we just have one door. We found that having two doors would make it pretty difficult to access books in the Library, as well as pose the problem of a weak frame between the two doors.
We started out going over all of our measurements, comparing them to the three planks of pine wood that Ms. Jo got from Home Depot for our project. This was a slight issue, since the purchase had been made prematurely–we changed our order because we needed wider planks of wood. But with a little help from Ms. Jo’s wood framing expertise, we’ve been able to alter our measurements and use the wood that we have.
The first power tool we learned how to use is the
Band Saw Miter Saw, according to PowerToolReviewed.com. In fact the band saw is something that we learned to use in middle school PLTW, but the saw I’m talking about right now is a Makerspace addition and is very fancy; it can cut wood of varying lengths at varying angles, and is pretty simple to use. Now Zane, Jordan and I are almost pros at using it, since it’s been used to cut all of our pieces of wood.
Next, Ms. Jo showed us how to use the Laser Cutter to cut out small pieces of wood called gussets that are used to attach pieces of wood that can’t be directly drilled to each other. Ms. Jo also used the table saw to cut out a piece of acrylic for our window, which we then cut into a trapezoid shape with the Laser Cutter as well.
Ms. Jo then gave us a refresher on drilling (with handheld power drills): First, you get to know the screws you’re working with so you can get a matching diameter drill bit to drill a hole FIRST before drilling a screw into the wood with a driver bit; this is so the screw doesn’t get caught into the wood, which could cause splitting. I was super cautious at first, since in middle school I broke several pieces of a drill over the course of our PLTW class. But I was pleasantly surprised that with a LITTLE bit of caution and a LOT of confidence (even if it was faked at first), the screw is drilled in neatly! In fact, Jordan and Zane wanted me to do all the drilling! But that’s going to change when it’s time to drill the entire library together.
With a lot of work and a lot of wood glue, we currently have the top, sides, and most of the front and back of the LFL complete. We just need to create the door/window with hinges and the hook and eye, saw the bottom and the rest of the back, and DRILL everything together! Watch out, because our LFL is coming to life!