Architectural Design and Carpentry Internship Post #5

May 22

David took me on a walk around downtown, and he introduced me some history of various houses and the materials used to build them. Therefore, I know Saloon Best is the oldest house because it was built in 1879s, and I saw how the little park and the end of Spring Street changed.  

The little park at the end of Spring Street before and after.

Then David sent me information about my internship project.  Using SketchUp, I will design a tree house.  David gave me the following directions:

  1. Imagine that the treehouse is your place to live.
  2. It must be at least 10’ above the ground. It could be more than one story, and there could be a deck on the roof.
  3. It needs a bathroom (toilet, sink, shower).
  4. It needs a kitchen (small refrigerator and stove, kitchen sink, counter space for food preparation).
  5. It needs a bed, clothes storage, a table with 2 chairs and a sitting area with 2 living room chairs.
  6. It needs a deck that gets lots of sun.
  7. It would be nice if the sun came into the living/dining/kitchen area.
  8. It needs a ladder or stairway to get between ground and treehouse.

In the afternoon I started work with Fred. I sanded some of the wood for the Adirondack chairs with a rotary sander and glued some of the wood for the chair bases.

 sanding and . . .


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Architectural Design and Carpentry Internship Post #4

May 21

I arrived at David Waldron’s office at 9 am. After I arrived, David started to introduce me to SketchUp, a program used to design buildings. I had already learned some information about SketchUp from the internet, and I have been using it for a project (making a model of the Spring Street dormitory) for my Pre-Calculus class.   I showed my project to David, and he helped me solve some problems with my dormitory model, including how to make a door knob.

 My mentor, David Waldron, working with SketchUp.

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Architectural Design and Carpentry Internship Post #3

Today, May 18, when I arrived at Fred’s house, I started to run the chair arms through the planer.  Then while I finished them, Fred and I began to pack up woodworking tools and set up these woodworking tools behind Spring Street’s dorm.

  chairs arms prior to running through the planer

 chair arms after running them through the planer

  “wood shop” outside Spring Street’s dorm

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Architectural Design and Carpentry Internship Post #2

Thursday, May 17, Fred taught me how to change the jigsaw blade. When I exchanged the blade, I started to cut the chair arms with the jigsaw, and Fred started to cut chair backs. I also used a chop saw to help make the chair arms.  We finished all the chair arms and chair backs at 12:25 pm.  Then Fred introduced me to the chair plans, and we will make the chair rails tomorrow.

Using the chop saw to make chair arms

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Architectural Design and Carpentry Internship Post #1

Today, May 16, I went to Fred’s house at 9 am. When I arrived at his house, he started to introduce me to the tools we would be using to build Adirondack chairs: table saw, power planer, chop saw, jig saw, and drill press. Then he taught me how to change a the table saw blade.  Also, I exchanged three new blades for the power planer. When I finished it, I started to make slates for the chair seats by turning 2x4s and 4x4s into 1x4s with the table saw. I then ran these boards through a planer.

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using the planer

Architectural Design and Carpentry Internship

David Waldron and Fred Yonkers will be my mentors for my Spring Street International School Internship.  

David attended Willamette University and the University of Washington. He started work as an architect in 1968, and he worked in Seattle until 1978.  In 1979, David started working as a self-employed architect and received his architectural registration in 1980.

Fred , in 1970, he enrolled in the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey “Clown College” and spent six years touring with the RBB&B show and smaller circuses.  He came to Spring Street International School after 19 years of teaching and drama coaching at Friday Harbor Middle and High School.  A jack of all trades, Fred is also a carpenter.  I will be helping Fred build a number of Adirondack chairs for the Spring Street campus.

My internship is about building design and carpentry.  I will learn the design process with David and build chairs for SISS with Fred.  I want to do the internship for of three reasons: first, I want to design my own house or my own room in the future; second, I want to learn about my father’s job as he works in building design and construction; lastly, I like to use my hands to build models and other thing because that can make me feel happy. 

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