DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY PROCESS JOURNAL “Bacterium Righe” LAURA RAMOSO HOMEROOM 9S
12/Jan/2010Measuring/marking out and cutting my front and back sidesWHAT I DID and WHY...........MEASURING/MARKING OUTToday, I went into the workshop. I started by looking at my folder containing all theinformation on my lamp. I then went and got a metal ruler and a pencil and starteddrawing the right side of my lamp on a piece of ply-wood. Then, I was ready to cut outmy drawing.CUTTINGI thought that I would cut it out using a tenon saw, or a gents saw. Instead, I got to usea portable power jigsaw. I had to hold it from the top and the bottom (it is about thesize of an armadillo). It had the blade at the bottom moving up and down very fastwhen I pressed the button, and I would press it down on my piece of wood. The piece ofwood was held down by two clamps ( on the bench). It was very hard to use themachine because it is a bit heavy and it is hard to control as the blade moves very fast.After I had cut the first side of the piece of wood, I had to un-clamp it and turn itaround so that I could cut all my sides off. When I finished cutting out the right side ofmy lamp, I then moved on to the left side. Since it was almost the end of the period, Ionly got to outline the shape of the side, and not cut it.EMOTIONSI think that today was hard ,because we just came back fromthe holidays and I already gotto handle a machine to cut myproject. This year is definitelyharder than last year, but Ithink ill enjoy it. I am on trackwith my Gantt Chart and planof what I planned to do this day.TOOLS•pencil•metal rule•eraser Illustration 1: The marking out of the right side of my lamp•clamp • portable power jigsaw •apron •safety gogglesIllustration 2: The bottom of the right side of my lamp aftercutting
14/Jan/2010Cutting and filing/sanding my front and back sidesWHAT I DID and WHY>CUTTINGToday, I went into the workshop again. I put on my apron and I started by taking outmy project. I installed the right side of my project on the bench with clamps, and I tookout the Portable Power jigsaw. I went to get some goggles and I started sawing out theright side of my lamp. Using a machine to saw out each piece of the lamp is very hard,because it is hard to control the portable power jigsaw, it goes quite fast. I justcontinued sawing until I finished cutting out the other side of my lamp. I have the twosides!FILING/SANDINGThen, I filed the edges of the piece of wood and I also used the disc sander to sand outthe most bulging and sharp parts.MEASURING/MAKING OUTThen, I waited around for a little bit for the teacher. I looked at my folder to see what Ihad to do next, and I found out that I had to mark out and cut out nine curving bracesfor the inside of my lamp. Since it was the end of the period, I didnt get to find thewood and start marking out. Instead, I put away my apron and started cleaning up.COMMENTS EMOTIONI think that today was a bit like last lesson. I just got my things out and I used theportable power jigsaw. I filed and sanded. I think today wasnt very hard because Iknew what was going on and I got things done. I think that I should improve on myconcentration.CONNECTION TO PLAN I could have done more things during this period. I alsoshould improve on knowing what to do next and taking my own initiative instead ofwaiting for the teacher all the time.I should also have taken pictures oftodays work, which I didnt.TOOLS•pencil•eraser•metal rule•flat-head file•portable power jigsaw•disc sander•sanding block Illustration 3: The portable power jigsaw. It is very heavy and hard to use, but convenient. I used it to cut out the two sides of my lamp.
15/Jan/2010 Measuring/marking out my curved bracesIllustration 4: A picture of a disc sandervery similar to ours. I used it to sand out WHAT I DID and WHYthe curve of the right side of my lamp Today, we did not work for a very long time. Since there was a presentation at school, we had only about 15 minutes for the lesson. I went to get my project and I started to mark out the nine curved braces for the inside of my lamp. I only marked out about 4. TOOLS •pencil •eraser •metal rule Illustration 6: I used a metal rule to draw straight lines, so that my curved braces could be precisely straight Illustration 5: I used a pencil to mark out the curved braces for my project Illustration 7: I used an eraser whenever I made a mistake with the pencil, to erase it.
19/Jan/2010Measuring and marking out, cutting, filing/sandingmy curved bracesWHAT I DID and WHYMEASURING/MARKING OUTToday, I started the lesson by putting on an apron. I thentook out my project and got the two pieces of pine -woodboards. I had 4 curved braces marked out on one ofthem. I needed nine, so I got a pencil and ruler andstarted measuring and marking out the other 5 curvedbraces. I also used a tri-square so that my lines would beperfectly straight. Illustration 8: Me measuring andCUTTING marking out the nine curvingInstead of using the portable power jigsaw today, I used a braces with a pencil and metaltenon saw and a pull saw. I have never used a pull saw rulebefore, but it is basically like the tenon saw only that it helps you cut in places where atenon saw cant cut. After that I started using a smoothing plane.FILING/SANDINGI used a smoothing plane after I had cut out theunnecessary part of my curving braces pine board. Asmoothing plane is used to file out the rough parts,however, it only goes in one direction and it files bytaking away the wood pieces.COMMENTS EMOTIONSI think that I did a lot today and I felt very good about it.I marked out nine curved braces, I sawed out one side,and I smoothed it out with a smoothing plane. However,I think that I could have done a lot more by Illustration 9: Using a tenon sawconcentrating more and taking initiative of the things to saw out the unnecessary part ofthat had to be done. the pine board for my curvingLEARNER PROFILE bracesI think that the main learner profile that were used todaywere, human ingenuity because I am actually makingsomething that I designed so I am inventing it.TOOLS•pencil •eraser •metal rule * tri-square * pull saw *smoothing plane Illustration 10: Using a smoothing plane to smooth out the rough part of the pine board for my nine curved braces Illustration 11: Using a pull saw for the cutting of the pine board for my nine curved braces
21/Jan/2010Cutting and smooth planing my curved bracesWHAT I DIDCUTTINGToday, I started out the lesson by getting out mypiece of wood and examining what to do next. Ihad planned to cut out the curved braces,however, i found out that the teacher was goingto do that, and I would have to smooth plane theedges so that I could make the curved braces goaround the edge of the side of my project. I did abit of sawing though, with the tenon saw and the Illustration 12: Using the tenon saw topull saw. I cut my curved braces in half, some of saw out the unnecessary part of one ofthem needed to be cut in half. my pine boards (for the curving braces)SMOOTHING PLANEI had to smooth plane some of the curved braces to an angle so that they would fitagainst each other. Then, I had to number each curved brace so that I knew exactlywhich one would go next.COMMENTS - EMOTIONSI think that I did a pretty good job today. I hadsome problems with understanding how tosmooth plane on an angle, and I didnt do verywell on the first or second try, but I improvedwhich is good.LEARNER PROFILE and AOII think that Human Ingenuity is the mostappropriate AOI , and today, I think I was a risk-taker because I kept trying to work thesmoothing plane, and I didnt give up.TOOLS Illustration 13: Using a tenon saw to cut•tenon saw one of the curving braces in half•pull saw•pencil•tri-square•metal rule•smoothing plane Illustration 14: That is me arranging the curving braces and making sure they all fit well together
22/Jan/2010Arranging and smooth planing my curved bracesWHAT I DIDARRANGINGToday, I continued arranging the curving braces for my lamp. I arranged the numbersand I used the pencil and the tri-square to draw the lines for where the curving bracesshould be placed.SMOOTH PLAININGThen, I continued smooth plaining the curved braces that needed plaining and placedthem to their places. I also had a hard time smooth plaining the curved braces thatwere on the most curved parts of the lamp.COMMENTS - EMOTIONSI think that today was a lot like the other classes. I arranged the curved braces and Ismoothed planed them. It takes a lot of work and I still have many curved braces tomake and arrange. It is quite hard to make the curved braces and make them exactlyhow they need to be so that they fit well together and are sturdy. I made a fewmistakes today, which means I think I have to improve on my concentration and focus.Also, I didnt take any pictures of my work today because it was exactly like the workdid last lesson.PLAN I am still quite close to what I predicted in my planning stage. GANTT CHARTBy now, in my gantt chart, I should be inserting and gluing the base and light support.However, I am still arranging the curved bracesLEARNER PROFILE and AOII think that the learner profiles that I used today were like last lesson since I did theexact same things.TOOLS•tri-square•pencil•eraser•smoothing plane
26/Jan/2010Arranging and smooth planing my curved bracesARRANGINGToday was also like the other days. I startedby taking out my project and seeing how Ihad to arrange the curved braces again.Number 1,2,3,4,5 and 6 are perfect.However number 7 and 8 arent very good.Theyre wonky and dont fit well with eachother.SMOOTH PLANINGSmooth planing was hard today, at first. Iguess the blade was too far out. It keptdigging way too deep into the wood, andthats what made the wood very wonky. Theteacher then changed it for me and it wasmuch easier to use.COMMENTS Illustration 15: Arranging the curved braces forI think that Im not working very efficiently the support of my lampbecause I have been arranging and smoothplaining for about three lessons. I still have a lot of curved braces to cut out and planeand i dont know if I will be done with the project in time.LEARNER PROFILEToday, I used Human Ingenuity (as usual) since Im making the project and the ideahas come out of my own mind. I also think that I used creativity (as an AOI) byfiguring out how to arrange number 6 and 7 by myself (the curved braces).GANTT CHARTI am awfully behind on my GanttChart. By now I should be gluing thelamp and base support, but Im stillarranging and cutting the curvedbraces.TOOLS•pencil•eraser•smoothing plane Illustration 16: Using the smoothing plane to smooth out and sculpt the edges of the curved braces that need planing
02/Feb/2010Arranging, measuring and marking out, cutting,disc-sanding, smooth planing my curved bracesARRANGINGToday, I started out like I recently always do, byarranging out my curved braces. I took them out andI realized that I only had two left. I needed to makesome more, so I asked the teacher and he told me tomark and measure out the ones I needed.MEASURING/MARKING OUTHe gave me some pine to mark out my curved braces Illustration 17: This is me arrangingin. I marked out three. I used the metal rule, my the curved braces at the beginning ofpencil and a tri-square to mark it out. It wasnt very classhard because I already had a template ofanother curved brace to use and outline forthe measuring an marking out of my newcurved braces.CUTTINGAfter my measuring and marking out, I hadto use the tenon saw and the gents saw. I putthe piece of wood into the bench vice and Icut out the curved braces. It took me about10 minutes to cute the wood twice.DISC SANDINGLater, i noticed that the ends of my curvedbraces were very rough. So I decided to discsand them for a while. They turned out to be Illustration 18: Using the tenon saw to cut outvery smooth. the extra curved bracesSMOOTH PLANINGI got out a smoothing plane and started smooth plaining the edge of number 8 first.However, I ran out of time so I didnt get to finish smooth planing it.COMMENTSI think that I did a lot of work today. I got a lot done even though my gantt chart saysotherwise. I think that the hardest part was smooth planing the edges. It is really hardto make it go straight. I guess its just a matter of practice.LEARNER PROFILEI used human ingenuity to figure out what I ad to do next and what tools to used
(reflective).GANTT CHARTThe gantt chart states that I should almost be finished and gluing everything togetherby now. I move very slowly.TOOLS•pencil•ruler•tri-square•eraser•tenon saw/gents saw•disc sander04/Feb/2010Arranging, smooth-planing and cutting my curved bracesARRANGINGToday, I finished arranging! I finished my curvingbraces! So, today I started the lesson by checking whatother curved braces need arranging. I found out that Istill had to make curved braces number 8, 9, 10 and 11.SMOOTH PLANINGI smooth planed many edges today. I finished. However,I made many mistakes. A lot of the edges were verywonky and I had to smooth plane them again.CUTTINGI used the tenon saw and the gents saw to cut the last Illustration 19: Arranging thecurved brace in half so that it could fit in the lamp. I like curved bracesusing the pull saw because it is light and easy to use.COMMENTSI am happy that I have finally finishedcutting out and smooth planing the curvedbraces. I really spent a long time makingthem however I am glad that I finished now.LEARNER PROFILEI (as usual) used human ingenuity because Itook my own initiative on how to get thecurved braces fixed when they becamewonky.GANTT CHARTAccording to my gantt chart, by now Ishould be painting my project. I am verybehind, or maybe my gantt chartcalculations were very wrong. Illustration 20: Smooth planing the curvedTOOLS braces: 9,10,11•pencil•eraser Illustration 21: Using a tenon saw to cut the last curved brace in half
•metal rule•tri-square•smoothing plane•tenon saw•pull saw 05/Feb/2010 Illustration 22: proceeding with a pull Arranging and cutting my curved braces saw ARRANGINGToday, I started by arranging the curved braces in a straight line so that they were allstraight and in order of their numbers. I did this so that I could make them all thesame length (because some of them are longer than others). So I put them out in astraight line and took a metal rule and a pencil and marked out how long they had tobe.CUTTINGI then took a gents saw and started cutting each curved brace so that they would beeven. The cutting took me a long time and I didnt finish.COMMENTSI think that today went well. I didnt make any mistakes and I knew what I had to do.Im also very happy that Im not smooth planing the curved braces anymore.LEARNER PROFILEHuman Ingenuity as always, and also I was a risk-taker today because I did thingswithout waiting for the teacher to tell me exactly what to do every-time. I took my owninitiative.GANTT CHARTAccording to my gantt chart, I shouldbe painting my project by now. I have alot of work to do.TOOLS•pencil•metal rule•gents saw Illustration 23: Arranging the curved braces so that they would all be the same length
Illustration 24: Using the gents saw to cutthe edges of the curved braces 09/Feb/2010Cutting my curved bracesCUTTINGToday, I started by the lesson by takingout the pieces of my project (curvedbraces). Then, I arranged them out sothat they would be in their numberedorder. I then figured out which onesneeded to be cut. Also, what madetoday very hectic, was that there was alittle bird in the DT Studio, and thatslowed things down for a bit.COMMENTSI think that Im doing alright. Imalmost finished cutting my curvedbraces and after I cut them, I will be Illustration 25: Me using the gents saw to cut theable to glue them. Which I think will be curved bracesvery fun. Also, today, I kept gettingpinched (with the cutting board), and I asked the teacher what to do. He told be to holdthe piece of wood closer to the end of the cutting board so that it didnt move aroundand pinch me that much. It worked.LEARNER PROFILEHuman Ingenuity, as usual, and also, I think I used creativity (as an AOI) because Ichose to make this lamp and this shape of lamp and I think it is very unique.GANTT CHART
According to my gantt chart, I should be finishing painting my project and almostbeing done. I didnt do so well when I was making my gantt chart, I guess I thoughtmaking the curved braces would just be a small part of my project, however now Iknow that they arent.TOOLS•gents saw (see photo)11/Feb/2010Cutting my curved bracesCUTTINGToday, I kept cutting my curved braces. However, Im not finished yet.COMMENTSI think Im going at a very slow pace. According to my gantt chart, I should be finishedwith my project right now. I still have a lot of work to do and if I dont move faster I willbe left behind.LEARNER PROFILEHuman Ingenuity, as usual, and also, I think I used creativity (as an AOI) because Ichose to make this lamp and this shape of lamp and I think it is very unique.GANTT CHARTI should be finished with my project now and be working on my reflection.TOOLS•gents saw
25/Feb/2010Arranging and gluing my curved bracesARRANGINGToday I started the class by arranging in order ofthe numbers, my curved braces. I put them all outand started installing them ready for gluing.GLUINGI got out the PVA glue and took the the first threecurved braces and glued them together. Also, Iput two rubber bands on the top and bottom of theglued curved braces so that when I was gluing theother curved braces the previous ones stayedtogether and dried.COMMENTSI think that I did a very good job today and I Illustration 26: Arranging my pieces inconcentrated well on what I was doing. I glued up orderall my pieces (but not together) and I left them out to dry.LEARNER PROFILEHuman Ingenuity, as usual, and also, I think I used creativity (as an AOI) because Ichose to make this lamp and this shape of lamp and I think it is very unique.GANTT CHARTI should be finished with my project by now.TOOLS•PVA glue
02/March/2010Gluing, Cutting and Disc-sanding the pieces for mycurved partsGLUINGAt first, I took out my (half glued) curved braces out andI laid them out to see what I had to do. I took off therubber bands and made sure the curved braces stucktogether well without falling apart. I got the PVA glue outand started sticking the curved braces all together.However, I had some problems. The curved braces Illustration 27: Using the PVA gluewouldnt stick together, they kept falling apart and I had to glue the rest of my curvedto hold them still for a very long time. braces togetherCUTTINGWhile the curved braces where drying. I got out my not finished light support and Itook out a gents saw. I started cutting but I found outthat it was very hard to cut the light supporthorizontally with a gents saw so I switched to a tenonsaw. It wasnt that easy at first (because the gents sawcut was much thinner) but then it became easier andfaster.DISC-SANDINGWhen I finished cutting, the edges and ends of the lightsupport were very wonky and werent straight. So Idecided to disc-sand the ends for a little bit. I got some Illustration 28: Starting to cut my light support with the gents saw
goggles and went to the disc-sander. I turned it on and spent about 5 minutes (for bothends) to disc-sand them. Now they are smooth and straight.COMMENTSI think Im doing a good job. Today, I covered manythings and I was focused. I think Im doing a good joband I multi-tasked today. I was gluing the curvedbraces while setting them down and cutting my lightsupport. Also, I think cutting the light support today(instead of next lesson) was a good idea because then Ihad something else to cover earlier.LEARNER PROFILEHuman Ingenuity, as usual, and also, I think I usedcreativity (as an AOI) because I chose to make thislamp and this shape of lamp and I think it is very Illustration 29: Continuing to cutunique. my light support with a tenon sawGANTT CHARTAs I have stated before, I should be done with my projectand working profusely on my evaluation by now.TOOLS•disc-sander•PVA glue•gents saw•tenon saw Illustration 30: Disc-sanding04/March/2010 my light support endsGluing and arranging some new curved bracesGLUINGToday I started out the lesson by taking out mycurved braces and seeing what yet had to bedone. I saw that only three more curved braces(which were already stuck together) had to bestuck together to the other (stuck together)curved braces so that ALL the curved braceswere stuck together. I got some PVA glue andstarted spreading it on top of thecurved braces. I then proceeded tostick the curved braces all together andI had to hold it so that it wouldnt move.ARRANGINGWhile the glue on the curved braces Illustration 31: Gluing all the curvedwas drying, I went to look at my folder braces togetherto find out what I had to do next. Ifound out that I needed to make somemore curved braces! For the front ofthe two sides. This project will take along time. I arranged with the teacherabout the next curved braces and he Illustration 32: My curved braces! All glued together!
agreed to cut out the board for me. I need five more curved braces, however these areeasier ones. They are already smooth planed.COMMENTSI think I didnt do so much work today, because I only glued my curved braces togetherand arranged about what I had to do next. I am very happy though, because I will notbe needing to make a base support for my lamp! However, I still have to do a lot ofwork in order to complete my project. I have to make the front and back and the lamp-shade and then paint my project. I think Im going at a slow pace, however, my projectis very hard.GANTT CHARTMy gantt chart tells me I should be done and also done with my evaluation by now.However, I think I miscalculated with my gantt chart because I had no idea it wouldtake this long to make the curved braces. I seriously thought they would only takeabout three periods to make! However, I am tying my best to work as fast as I can.TOOLS•PVA glue09/March/2010Disc-sanding, measuring/ marking out,cutting andgluingDISC-SANDINGToday, I started out the lesson by taking out my curvedbraces and inspecting them. I figured out that the nextthing I had to do was disc-sand the sides and edges sothat they were all even. So, I told the teacher this and hebrought me to the disc-sander. I found out that since mycurved braces were all stuck together and was too big Illustration 33: Measuring out thefor only the left side (safe side) of the disc-sander, I had front curved bracesto use the whole edge of the disc-sander. I thought thiswas a bit scary (because with smaller pieces it can flingupwards and hit you in the face), but it went well andnow my curved braces are very smooth.MEASURING/MARKING OUTAfter I did that, I started measuring and marking outthe next (front) curved braces I had to do. I took out apencil and metal rule and marked out how long thenext five curved braces had to be. Also, these curvedbraes are easier because they are already smoothplaned and that takes a of of time off my hands. Illustration 34: Using a tenon sawCUTTING to cut the new curved bracesI took out a tenon saw and cut all the curved braces.This wasnt very hard and it didnt take me a very long time.Also, Im glad I did this in this lesson, so that next lesson Ididnt have to do it.GLUING Illustration 35: Arranging the new curved braces, getting ready to glue them
I also glued (with PVA glue) one of the new curved braces to the number 2. I didnthave enough time to glue in all the curved braces together, however, this wasnt veryhard because I have already done it before.COMMENTSI think I did a LOT of work today and Im getting advanced on my project. I think it iscoming out nicely and I would really like to finish it soon. However, I still have a lot ofwork to do.LEARNER PROFILEI think that I am using Human Ingenuity and also risk-taker, because I did thingswithout being told today. Also, I used caring because Ihelped out another girl from my class on one part of herproject (at the end of the class).TOOLS•disc-sander•pencil•metal rule•tenon saw Illustration 36: Gluing the new curved braces 1 and 2 together11/March/2010 Gluing, measuring/marking outGLUINGToday, I started by getting out all my pieces and I putthem all out. I found out I had to glue all the newcurved braces together so I took out the PVA glueand started gluing them. It was quite hard, becauseat first they wouldnt stick together, and they keptsliding off. However, I got them to stay in the end, Ihad to use the wall for support, so it took quite awhile.MEASURING/MARKING OUTWhile the curved braces were drying, I decided to cut Illustration 37: Gluing the new curvedthe top disc for my lamp. I decided to use red acrylic braces togetherplastic, so I asked the teacher if he could show me allthe colors of acrylic. There was blue, red, green, yellow and pink. I decided to use redbecause I think its more memphis and it matches the color theme I will use forpainting my actual lamp.COMMENTSI think for the double period today, I workedpretty slow. I only managed to glue andthen measure and mark out. I think this isbecause I really needed the teachers helpfor the acrylic, and I had to wait around alot because of course, there were otherpeople that needed his help. However, in theend, he showed me the colors and I chose Illustration 38: Using a wooden template to measure and mark out the top disc of my lamp
one. I measured and marked out the top disc of my lamp.LEARNER PROFILEI think that I am using Human Ingenuity and also risk-taker, because I did thingswithout being told today (sometimes).TOOLS•PVA glue•pencil•eraser12/March/2010Cutting the inside curveCUTTINGToday, all I did was cutting. I had to cut the sides off of my glued new curved braces.Because they were too long and uneven, I had to cut them off vertically with a pull saw.It was really hard because the glue was on the glued pieces and it was hard to cutthrough that. I had to use a pull saw, which means that when I pulled, it would cut.COMMENTSIt was really hard to cut the curved braces (all glued together) also because I couldntput them in the vice, I had to hold them over the bench. Since I couldnt, the teachersaid to use a metal clamp to attach it to the bench and that was also hard because itstill moved. I finally did it though, with some help from the teacher though.TOOLS•pull saw Illustration 39: Using a pull saw to cut through the new (glued) curved braces Illustration 40: My curved braces all clamped up
16/March/2010Arranging and cutting my curved braces (and whole project)ARRANGINGToday, I started by taking out all theparts of my project. I needed to find outhow to glue it a put it all together so Ihad to use a clamp to do that. It was veryhard to keep all the parts together whiletrying to clamp up the pieces. I couldntdo it by myself, so I asked one of myfriends for help. We couldnt do ittogether either, so I finally asked theteacher and I got it to stay together.CUTTINGAfter I arranged and found out aboutmy lamp, I had to put in the newcurved braces. However, they weretoo wide and couldnt fit into thespace of the lamp. So, I had to use apull saw and cut on the side of the Illustration 41: Arranging my whole lamp togetherbench like last lesson. It wasextremely hard to do it and theclamp would not stay in place. I hadto ask for help again, and theteacher put it up for me so I couldcut it without it jolting. I could do itin the end.COMMENTS Illustration 42: Using a pull saw to cut the edges of my new curved braces that wouldnt fit in the lamp space
I think I worked really slow today. I only arranged and cut. I think this is mostlybecause I needed help from someone and everyone was busy. Next lesson, I will tryand work more efficiently and try to get many more things done.LEARNER PROFILEIn general I use Human Ingenuity for the whole project, because I am inventing myown design. Today, I dont think I used any of the Learner Profiles, or I didnt doanything that showed a Learner Profile.GANTT CHARTAs before, according to the gantt chart, I am way behind. I am supposed to be donewith my project since two or three weeks ago. Im behind because I think Imiscalculated (in the gantt chart) ow long everything would take.TOOLS•pull saw•clampThursday- 18/March/2010Measuring/marking out, cutting, sanding my light support and left/right sides ofmy lampMEASURING AND MARKING OUTToday, I started out the lesson byassembling all my pieces together. SinceI had lost my light support that I hadmade in two previous lessons, I had tomeasure and mark out another new one.So I used a pencil, a metal rule and a tri-square to measure and mark out my newlight support.CUTTINGI then had to cut out the light supportthat I had marked out. I used a tenon sawto cut it, and it took me about 20minutes. It was really hard this time, Idont know why.SANDING Illustration 43: Using a pencil and metal rule toAfter my light support got cut out. I saw mark out my new light supportthat my left and right side of my lamp hadto be sanded. Well, the edges did. I took asanding block and sanding paper andstarted sanding off all the sharp edges.When I thought I had finished, the teachersaid I still had to sand the inside of thebottom triangles, which is going to be hard.COMMENTSI think I did a good job in working hard andconcentrating today. Im glad I finishedcutting things, because I think I dont need Illustration 44: Using a tenon saw to cut out the light support
to cut anything out anymore, which would be good.TOOLS•metal rule•tri-square•pencil•tenon saw•sanding blockFriday-19/March/2010 Illustration 45: Using a sanding block and sandingSanding the edges of my lamp paper to sand off the sharp edges of my lamp sidessidesWhat you DidSANDINGThe only thing I did today was I sanded the edges (mostly the triangles) of my lampsides. I used mostly a sanding block and occasionally a triangular file for the middleand difficult parts to get of the triangles. I didnt really use the sanding block though, Iused the sanding paper and my hand because it was easier and more efficient to accessthe curves and the difficult parts to get (like the edges of the very narrow triangles.Changes to your planThere arent any major changes to my plan. I think all the things have already been setfor my project until now. I had to change many things when I was just starting myproject however now that I am almost finished with my project, I dont think manychanges need to be done.EmotionCOMMENTSSince we only had one period today, I only managed to get the sanding done. Today Ilearnt that next lesson, I will be screwing and gluing my whole project together! So Iam very excited about that, I think after I glue and screw the body of my project I willput on the circular lamp disc, and then the lamp! However, then I still need to painteverything. So I still have a lot of work to do, and I need to focus and concentrate a lot.What next?Today, I learnt that I will be gluing and screwing my whole project together. I will beusing PVA glue and screws. I dont know how long it will take me, however, I think itsis about time I get to put my project together.Why?
I decided to sand today because I wanted to get that over with and the edges of mylamp sides were quite rough and sharp. Also, since we had a single period I didnt havemuch time to do anything else. Also, I decided to use a triangular file to smooth out theinsides of the triangles because it wasthe only tool that could get there.TOOLS•sanding block (paper)-I used it tosand the edges of my lamp sides•triangular file- I used it to smoothout the inside of the triangles thatwere hard to smooth out withanything elseTuesday- 23/March/2010 Illustration 46: Using a sanding block and paper and sanding the edges of the triangles of my lamp sidesGluing, nailing and arrangingthe body of my projectWhat you did?GLUINGI started out by taking out all the pieces I havemade so far of my project. I found out that I couldglue my sides and curved braces all together! Itook out some PVA glue and a wet cloth andstarted gluing my project together. It was hard atfirst, because the glue kept sliding off and thecurved brace did too because of the glue.However, I got some teacher help and I finally gotit to stayNAILINGTo make sure that the curved braces stuck to the Illustration 47: Using PVA glue to stickwood, I also had to nail the curved braces to the my curved braces to the sides of the lampside. This was not very hard to do. I used ahammer and the nails, and when I was done, I had to glue and nail the other side of myproject to the curved braces, so that it was all one big project stuck together.ARRANGINGAfter that, I had to use a sliding clamp so that my project was all put together andwould stay that way. I used a sliding clamp also so that my project wouldnt move orfall apart.Changes to your planToday, when I was working on figuring out where to stick the curved braces, and
making sure they fit my sides, I found out that I had to cut and smooth plane a lot ofthe side off. I have to do that so that the back of my project is all flat and smooth.EmotionCOMMENTSI am very happy with what I did today. I finally put my project together! I know that Ihave a lot of work to do and I will have to concentrate a lot if I want to finish it anytimesoon. Also, Im not very happy with the change of plan (with the smoothing and stuff)however, I know it will make my project better and more appealing.What next?Next lesson, I think I will either smooth plane and sand the sticky out bit of my project,or I will stick the light support and lamp disc at the top of my lamp. Or I could even putin the nails for good and fill the with some wood filler.Why?Today, I used the tools that I did because I needed to glue the curved braces to mysides, and I also needed to nail it. I used a siding clamp so that my project wouldnt fallapart and hold in place. Also, I agreed to the changes for my project because I know itwill make it better and more smooth and appealing.TOOLS•PVA glue- I used it to glue the curved braces to my sides•sliding clamp(s)- I used it hold my project in place when I was putting it all together•hammer- I used it to put in the nails into my project so that it could stay in placeThursday- 25/March/2010Nailing, punching, smooth planing and sanding my lamps bodyWhat you did?NAILINGToday, I started the lesson by taking out my project. I had to continue nailing myprojects sides, that were already glued together, with a claw hammer and some nails.It wasnt very hard to do that, however, two nails went through the other side on thewrong part. So there was a nail sticking out of the lamp.NAIL-PUNCHINGAfter all the nails were nailed in, I had to nail-punch all the nails at least 2 millimetersin. It wasnt so hard because all I had to do was use a nail-punch and a hammer andpunch the nails in. However, sometimes, the nail punch wouldnt stay on the nailbecause I wobbled or something, and I would accidentally punch a hole in the woodbeside the nail.SMOOTHING PLANEAfter that, I was told to sand plane the sticky out bits of my curved braces. This wasextremely hard because I had to hold the plane vertically, and it was sort of heavy so Icouldnt do it. Also, some of the part couldnt be reached my the smoothing plane so Ihad to stop using it.SANDINGInstead of the smoothing plane, I decided to use extremely rough sanding paper and asanding block to smooth out and sand the rough bits of my curved braces. This wasntvery hard and I was surprised that it would sand off that quickly if a little bit ofstrength was put into the sanding.
Changes to your planToday, I didnt have any drastic changes to my plan. However, I decided so leave theout bits of my sides instead of sanding them. I think I did that because it would look abit more memphis and also to save some time to sand off the extra parts.EmotionCOMMENTSI think I worked very hard today. I got many things done and Im proud of it. I think Icould almost say Im almost finished with my project. However, I still have a lot ofwork to do and I need to concentrate so that I can get this project finished.What next?I think next lesson I will be mostly sanding. I will use rough sanding paper to take outthe rough its of my project. Since it is a single lesson, I dont think I would have time todo anything else.Why?I decided to not use a sanding plane because it was very hard to use it vertically and itwas also heavy.TOOLS•claw hammer- I used it to hammer in the nails•sanding plane- I used it smooth plane the sticky out and rough bits of my curvedbraces•sanding block (and paper)- I used it to sand out the rough and sticky out bits of mycurved braces Illustration 49: Using a claw hammer to hammer Illustration 48: My project all clamped up in the nail into my lamp sidesIllustration 51: Using a nail punch to punch in Illustration 50: Using a smoothing plane to planethe nails into my lamp sides the rough and sticky out bits of my curved braces
Tuesday- 27/April/2010Painting my project sides and middleWhat you didPAINTINGToday, I continued painting my project. First, Iput on an apron and I went to find a fewbrushes that have been washed and are stillusable. I took out my project and startedpainting it with yellow paint on the sides. I havethe idea of making black and yellow stripes onthe sides and red for the middle with abacterium design. I took out the tape so that mystripes were straight and didnt collide with theother colors. So, I painted the sides totally Illustration 52: Using the paint brush toyellow, and then added black stripes, which apply the yellow paint on the side of mykind of makes it look like a bee, but it doesnt lampreally.Changes to your planToday, I made a change to my painting. I was supposed to make red and black verticallines for the middle, but then I realized it wouldnt really look good, so I decided to gowith the bacterium effect so that it was more memphis. The black and yellow stripes
and the bacterium effect make a good contrast which looks good.EmotionCOMMENTSI think that I am almost finished with myproject. I will definitely have it done for nextweek and Im really proud of it so far. I couldbe a little ore careful with my painting though,because some of the parts on my project aresort of smudged, but I can fix that and when Ido I think it would look good.What nextNext lesson, I will continue painting and I willpaint the front (middle) of my lamp and alsothe light support. I will also paint the inside(bottom) of the sides because you can see the Illustration 53: Using the paint brush towood when you look at the lamp from an apply the acrylic paint on the lamp sidesangle. and create stripesWhyI decided to change the style of patterns on my lamp because I think it would lookmore memphis and also it looks more interesting since there is a contrast between thetwo patterns.TOOLS:•paintbrush- I used it to apply the acrylic paint on my project•acrylic paint- I used it to apply color to my project and make it look more interestingTuesday- 04/May/2010Panting my project and screwing the the top disc onWhat you didPAINTINGToday, I started the lesson by putting on an apron and getting out my project. I sawthat I had to paint the front of my project in red and then the next lesson paint thebacterium pattern on it. I took out some red paint and a paintbrush and startedpainting. After I finished painting the red, I did a little touch-ups here and there so thatit looked a little better and more polished.SCREWINGAfter the painting, I decided to put my topdisc on, however, it was already the end ofthe lesson and so I had to rush. I had to takethe cordless drill and drill six holes in totalon the light support and top disc. Then, I hadto screw in the screws. After I did that, Ithink my project looked good with the topdisc.Changes to your plan Illustration 54: My project almost all finished after painting the bacterium pattern
I didnt have any changes to my plan today.EmotionCOMMENTSI think time-wise, Im doing well. In the next lesson, I feel that I will finish my project. Ithink today was a good lesson and I think I did well. I am excited about next lesson,and I think I did really well on this memphis unit, I really think my project is memphis.What next?During the next lesson, I will do some more touch-ups and then put the light andelectrical things on. I will also paint the bacterium pattern on the front of the project.Why?I did the things that I did today because its what I need to do to accomplish finishingmy project. I chose to screw the top disc on today also because it was the next stepafter painting, and I had finished the painting for today.TOOLS•paintbrush- I used it to apply the acrylic paint on my project•acrylic paint- I used it to apply color on my project•cordless drill- I used it to screw in the screws on my project•screw-driver- I also used it to screw in the screws on my project•screws- I used them to keep my top disc in place on the project