…Or at least a scale model of one
For our Open Source Village project I’m looking into all kinds of open source architecture, and Wikihouse has jumped out at me as having a vibrant community and actually being used in the real world.
A few months ago I was in Edinburgh, randomly googled Wikihouse Edinburgh and saw there was one around Fountainbridge. So I got in touch with the architect, learnt more about the project, fiddled around with her scale model, and recently cut and assembled the first frame of my own 1:10 scale model.
A project wouldn’t be a project without messing up along the way:
Let’s do the ply warp again
The first batch of wood I used was slightly bowed, so the laser cutter didn’t properly focus. Result: Some bits wouldn’t break free, and there was no way I was going to go in there with a pen knife to cut them all out.
Both the wood and myself were a bit too thick
The plywood I used was 3mm. The notches for the holes were 2mm. After swearing, sanding, swearing, localized warping of space-time, more swearing, and using my trusty mallet, I managed to just about get the model together. Some of the details are a bit iffy though.
Bye bye fingerprints
I may have trouble with biometric security now since I might have sanded off a few fingerprints. They grow back, right?
- Measure stuff before cutting. Would’ve saved a lot of headaches
- Ensure materials are totally flat on the laser cutter before cutting
- Next time I’m going on Taobao and buying some 2mm plyboard