My sister recently built this sweet camping platform in the woods on my land, so I thought I’d show off her build. Most of the wood was scrounged from various construction dumpsters, and the metal roofing/gutter was purchased from the local metal recycling facility. Total cost for materials (not including tools) was under $100, & was constructed in about 8 hours.
Dimensions: 8′ x 10′, height ~3.5′ (back), 5.5′ (front)
Bill of Materials Platform Base: - Primary Support Beams (2x) – 2×10, 10′ length (2x8s would be fine)
- Floor Joists (5x) - 2x8, 8′ length
- Flooring – 140′ of 1″ tongue & groove wood siding
Roof: - Roofing Metal - 6, 11′ sheets of roofing metal (total area 11′x12′)
- Metal Gutter – 12′ length
- Roofing supports (2x) – 2×4, 12′ length - Rafters (7x) – 2×4, 11′ length - Purlins – 72′ of pallet wood Misc:
- Posts – 2x 4×4, 8′ length (cut into 3′ and 5′ lengths) - decking screws - roofing screws - caulk, ~1 tube - stain, ~1 quart
Thanks to the ~40 folk that came out last night to our free Learn to Solder Workshop. It was such a success that we’ll probably run it again in a few months, so if you missed out, keep a look out on our calendar.
We had a vast variety in age range, and most had never soldered before (some of our volunteers had only learned a couple days before). Everyone was successful in assembling their soldering kits, and in an amazing effort by all of the organizers and volunteers to make sure safety was our number 1 priority, there were no accidental brandings!
Special thanks again to our two sponsors, Efficiency Lab and onHaywood.com, who made it possible for us to have this event be free and open to the public, and to all the volunteers that showed up to help teach and supervise.
For further soldering tips check out this fun how-to comic. You can find many more soldering kits by searching around on the web; we recommend checking out Adafruit for some additional fun projects.
WHAT: FREE “Learn to Solder” workshop for anyone interested in learning an important “Maker” skill. You’ll learn how to use a soldering iron to create a robot “badge” that has two blinking LED lights and is powered by a watch battery. You keep the robot badge you make!
WHO: Anyone can participate. Minors must have a parent or guardian present (and helping).
WHEN: Thursday March 20, 2014 from 7 pm to 9 pm
WHERE: West Asheville Library located at 942 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806
Well over 100 people showed up last Saturday to join us in building and launching paper rockets at the YMCA Youth Services Center (it was hard to keep count). Special thanks to Tom and Ian for all the work they did to make this happen, the YMCA for hosting us, and all of the parents who brought their kids out for a fabulous field day of flight and fun.
**Date Rescheduled to: Saturday, March 1st (10am to Noon), due to county schools makeup day conflict.
Build your own rocket out of paper then launch it hundreds of feet in the air!! Kids and adults are guaranteed to be amazed at how high the rockets fly. It’s fun hands-on engineering and science for everyone. You get to keep the rocket you make.