Shortly after Rico may have mentioned these dome's, I came across a
story in my book:
Some time ago, I recall seeing the process being done somewhere--
perhaps on YouTube and/or on the Grand Designs show.
Given the recent earthquake discussion, I've been wondering about
natural building and how it stacks up to various natural disasters
like earthquakes and hurricanes. I mean, people have been building
this way for a long time.
Earthquake test at UBC a little after 4:10:
Re. the vid above, I have also read about how round buildings do well
in earthquakes, which seems to make sense, given their "horizontal
How do you think the aforementioned domes stand up?
BTW; Don, I was at an Ikea store today and discovered a "Hoosier" for
kids. A child was playing with it and seemed to just love it as the
parent agreed since they had one at home.
It had a small built-in dry sink, a microwave, 2-burner stove and some
suprisingly robust storage on top and below.
(Designs meant for children can be inspiring.)
It's the only Hoosier I've seen with a microwave and non-functional
sink and stovetop. ;)
Are you going to put a sink/stove in/on yours? None I'm seeing seem to
have either, but I'd like both in mine for a full blown workstation. I
have about 5 feet to work with, if not including a pull out in front
(a la Hoosier) or the drop-leafs on either side (which would bring it
to at least 8 feet, which would be great.) I might want to add
Last week, I wandered into some kind of, mainly antique furniture,
flea market and spoke with one of the guys renting one of the stalls
about transforming some of the old and often gorgeous hutches and
dressers, etc., for use (mainly) for the washroom. He said it's almost
all the rage now (must be all those glossy rags), with people buying
many of those pieces to put sink-holes in the tops of them. Some of
them are a bit on the high side what with their legs and unintended re-
use heights, but there the legs are often shortened or lopped off
entirely for a floor-flush cabinet look. The way I see it is if you
can have two sinks in some of these things, you can quite easily have
one sink on one side and a 2-burner stovetop on the other and maybe an
under-the-counter fridge under the stovetop and convection or
microwave oven overhead, with some storage space here and there.
I'm anxious to model the thing in ACAD. Maybe we can compare notes.
Drawing furniture is a whole different animal than drawing buildings.
The metrics are all diff.
Drawing the construction drawings for furniture is where I envision 3d
design could be of benefit.
I've designed a few things, using my general knowledge of drafting and
design and of building design but I was still left wondering about
Frequently, after getting away from it for a couple days, I'd come
back and look at what I'd drawn and wonder WTF was I thinking.
My lathe table for example. I tend to go overboard from the beginning
and then revise things back to an orderly scale.
Materials costs and all that, you know.
Also, all my drawing templates are not useable due to the size of the
things I'm drawing.
My building dims for example are waaay too big and so is my text, and
lineweight, etc., etc., so I had to create all new templates for
drawing smaller stuff.
Then there's that whole issue of nominal material dimensions, fastener
All that before you even get to the idea of actually designing
In the end, after 1/2 a dozen renditions of my proposed lathe table
I've decided that when it warms up I'm just gonna go out in the shop
and start making it. I have a basic idea in my head, the same one from
the beginning, so I'll try to make it like the image in my mind and
make adjustments as I go along.
Woodworking seems to be more of an art than a science.
Regarding the old furniture, hoosiers, etc. Every coupld days I scope
out the antique section of craigslist for Bloomington, IN to see whats
up and its mostly people trying to unload junk at exhorbitant prices.
Every now and then there's a gem though. My problem is that I am
hurtin for space to put stuff. Like an antique upright piano from 1921
and the owner only wants $100 for it. Where am I gonna put the thing?
If I sit it in my unheated workshop all the wood will be havoked
because of the low temperatures. Next winter will be different. The
workshop will be fully insulated and sheathed and a wood burning stove
will be cooking 24/7. I'll prolly put a futon in the corner and just
stay out there. heh
(still have about 4 more bundles of R38 insulation to install in the
ceiling and then 32 sheets of 1/2" OSB sheathing on the ceiling. The
walls have been insulated and sheathed for 2 years.) Its in the teens
today which means its in the teens in the shop too so no insulation
will get done today.
Autodesk hasn't done anything to automate this?
For the house, I've yet to add dims, and I'm so far just designing-in
the stuff I want into the same file as the house, although I just
finished rough-designing some "industrial-style" tracklights
(essentially scaled-down theatre spotlights in a track) in their own
file that will be imported. (Not that there's anything wrong with
Let us know how it goes.
Well do you actually need a hoosier, or do you want to sell it, or cut
your design-teeth with it as a design-project, or what?
Microwave in a Hoosier? Heaven forbid!
I wonder if I can build one outta pine?
Have you priced oak lately?
Stuff is on the moon!!!!
Was just looking at oak veneer a few minutes ago and even that stuff
Whats a poor white share croppers son to do???
I have lots of oak here on my property but harvesting and machining it
is horribly expensive.
True Hoosiers are made out of oak exclusively.
Just looked on the US Ikea site and didn't see it.
Their java script laden site made my hard drive whine.
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