Description of Project:
This project was actually an assignment from a school class (Agricultural Engineering). Never the less I gained experience and learned a little about wood construction. I essentially built 3 stools that I designed using CAD and documented the whole project on the Agricultural Experience Tracker (AET). The AET is a part of Future Farmers of America(FFA) and the project is labeled as a Supervised Agricultural experience(SAE). The materials I used were cedar construction wood, wood glue, stain, and varnish. The tools I used were a powered jigsaw, handsaw, rasp, measuring tape, and a pencil.
Purpose of Project:
The reason why I did this project was because it was a school assignment so there is no deep reason.
The aspects of this project that are applicable to “my process” is the construction of the stools and the documentation of it because the design and CAD were very simple. I made each stool a different way because I kept learning better methods of construction. Something that demonstrates this idea is that the first stool took me about a week to finish, the second took me about 5 days, and the third took me 2 days to complete. Beyond ideas of optimization such as making my work area more effective and using power tools more efficiently, the significant change came when creating a reference for cutting each piece of wood. In the beginning I marked the wood with the incorrect dimensions due to inorganization. As I noticed these mistakes, I made improvements to the way I organized my parts and the way I did my reference marks. For example, I improved the way I made reference marks by dimensioning one point of a cutout shape based on a constant point on the wood part. I then marked out the dimensions of shape of the cutout based on its defined point.
The main challenge with this project came with the construction of the stools. As I mentioned, I had trouble not only organizing my different parts but also using reference marks on the wood in order to make accurate cut outs. And as I have also mentioned, I learned from my mistakes by making more than one stool.