Monday, May 11, 2015

Blog Post #12

Hi Follower(s),

     At this point in my 20 time project journey, I have finished all three of my mini projects and am almost done with my ending TEDx speech.  So this post is about reflection about myself during the project and what I learned throughout it.  In the beginning of this project, I was just like my father, I had no skill with tools at all, I couldn't even use a drill or hammer properly.  Now I would call myself skillful with using a drill, hammer, screws, nails, a miter and circular saw, paint, and wood glue.  Through each of my projects, I have learned a new skill(s) and improved on skills that I have learned in previous projects.

     I first learned how to use a drill and a miter saw, as well as screws and nails, properly along with 2 by 4s, plywood, and pvc pipes which I used to build my backyard ski ramp and rail.  Then I learned how to use wood glue and wooden dowels along with my previous skills of using the saw, drill and screws, to make my second project, the picture frame storage holder.  The last things that I learned was how to use paint and how to put in a shelf using wall brackets, in my third project, the ski storage/shelving rack.

    Throughout this project, I learned that I enjoyed fixing and building things, like I did in all three of my mini projects.  I am now the go to person in my family if something breaks and needs to be fixed or something needs to built.  I am grateful for this opportunity that this project gave me.  It gave me a new hobby that I never would have gotten without 20 Time.  I have learned and built throughout this year long project, a project that I am truly grateful for.

See Ya

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Blog Post #11

Hi Follower(s),

      During Spring break I did make progress on my ski storage rack, finishing it off by putting the brackets in the wall and the shelf on top, which I am very happy about.  Unfortunately I didn't really make any progress on turning my backyard winter ski ramp into a summer ski ramp, but hopefully in the next couple of weeks that will get done.  The big announcement in this blog is that I am switching from blogging about the progress of my project, to the 8 minute talk that wraps up the project.
      There are two options for the talk: the first being a talk that sums up my 20 time project and what I learned from it, and the 2nd option being a totally unrelated science-based talk called a TEDx Talk.  While the first option seems like the easier option because I can talk about my project that I did all year,  I have chosen to try the 2nd option and hopefully be able to take the talk and use it in TEDx GPSHS, which is in early June.  The topic I have chosen for this TEDx talk is climate change.  I have chosen to center my talk about climate change but also include the negative effects it is having on my true passion, skiing.  I have one month until the tryout to see if I will have a spot at TEDx GPSHS, so I have one week to research, one week to write the speech, and two weeks to memorize it, which I hope will be enough time.

     See Ya!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Blog Post #10

Hi Follower(s),

     In the past two weeks since my last blog, I have not accomplished much on my ski rack/storage mini project, however, in those two weeks, I have thought up a new potential mini project.  The first thing I built was the backyard ramp and ski jump, which was great for use in the winter, since the snow helped to bridge the path from the bottom of the ramp to the jump up to the rail, and this path was about 10 feet long.  I loved using the ramp and jump so much, that I want to be able to use it in the summer as well.  To do this I need to connect the jump up to the rail with wood and turf, that way I will be able to keep enough speed to slide the entire rail.  The turf and water will act as the "snow" and help me keep speed.  I would like to get this new potential project along with the ski rack/storage project done by the end of spring break.  I am not going anywhere over spring break, so that gives me nine whole days to work on these two projects, hopefully enough time to finish both.

     Unfortunately, these will be my last two projects of the year for me because I have to write and perform a talk about my 20-time project, so I will have to put aside time for that.

   See Ya!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Blog Post #9

Hi Follower(s),

       In the past two weeks since my last blog post, I have gone to the hardware store, aka Home Depot, and gathered the supplies for my ski rack project.  I got wooden dowel, 2 by 4s, a stud finder, and shelf brackets.  In this new mini project, I am using skills I learned in my first two mini projects, the ski ramp/jump and the picture frame holder. I learned how to use 2 by 4s, screws and the miter saw during my ski ramp project. I learned how to use wood glue, a hole drill bit, and wooden dowels with my picture frame holder project.  I will combine all of these skills, and hopefully improve them with my third project.
     Every time I write about this project I always say that I will be done in a month, however I haven't started building it yet.  In one month I will have Easter Break, meaning an entire week to work on my project.  By the end of break I will for sure have this project done, plus have all of the bits and pieces tied up from my first two mini projects.  Unfortunately, this mini project will probably be my last, since I have to have time to write and memorize my speech. Can't wait to start!

See Ya!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Blog Post #8

Hi Follower(s),

        I have to be honest, not much has happened in the two weeks since my last blog.  The whole past week I have been off of school.  During the school break I first went up north to Nub's Nob to ski for three days and then my mom, cousin, and I went out to Montana for 5 days and we skied 3 days at a resort called Big Sky.  I was only home one day of break and that day I worked at the bakery, which is my job, so between skiing and working I had almost no time to work on my project.
            However that being said, I still managed to do a little bit.  I was able to create a shopping list for my next mini project, a ski storage rack/area.  I need a stud finder, wooden dowels, 2 by 4s, paint, drywall screws, latex caulk, and foam.  Most people when storing their skis hang the skis from their tips, however this the wrong thing to do, it damages the tips and the camber of the skis.  Instead, I am going to store the skis sideways, so they are laying flat. This won't damage the skis at all.  I hope to finish this ski storage project in the next month or so, but it depends on how busy my weeks are.

    See Ya!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Blog Post #7

 Hi Follower(s),

      Since my last blog post, I have finished my second mini project, which is a picture frame storage holder. It's purpose is to help organize and store all of the picture frames in a house. I made it out of wooden dowels, 2 by 2 pieces of wood, and wood glue.  This project was considerably easier than my first project, my backyard ski ramp, but I did learn new techniques of carpentry, like how to use wood glue and a hole drill bit, which is my goal.

         My next mini project is building a ski storage unit in my basement. This storage unit will consist of places to put a couple pairs of skis, a shelf or two to put ski boots and ski clothes on, and a couple of hooks for helmets and jackets.  Right now my skis, boots and ski clothing are very disorganized and strewn all around my basement.  By building this storage unit, all of my ski stuff will be in one place and everything will be much more organized and easier to find.  I am going to mount the storage unit onto the wall so it gets everything off the floor and looks less cluttered.

        I hope to get a shopping list together for this new project by the time I write my next blog post, because next week is winter break and I am going to be skiing everyday during break except one so I am not going to have much, if any, time to work on it in the next couple of weeks.  Hopefully in the next month to month and a half I will complete it.

See Ya!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Blog Post #6

Hi Follower(s),

       Unfortunately, not much has happened concerning my project since my last blog.  The week after my last post was the final week of the semester, so teachers were giving lots of tests out, and the next week was midterms.  Between the last week of the semester and midterms, I didn't really have much time to work on my carpentry project. That being said though, I did do a something.

        During my last blog post I said that I was finished with my first mini carpentry project, my backyard ski jump/setup.  I guess I spoke prematurely.  Right after I wrote the last blog post, I decided that I needed to put railings on my ski jump tower, so I didn't fall off of it and hurt myself.  So, my dad and I went to the hardware store and picked up a little wood to use for the railings.  I haven't built the railings yet because I am waiting for a warmer day, and it should only take 30 minutes max.

       The second unfortunate thing about my project is that I did not do what I said I was hoping to do in my last blog.  In my last blog I said that I was going to go shopping for the supplies I need for my next project: the picture frame holder, but I didn't do it.  I am pretty mad about it, whenever I set a goal to do something, I pretty much always get it done.  I didn't go shopping, but I did make my list: wooden dowels, wood glue, and four 2 by 2 piece of wood 8 feet long.  Hopefully this weekend I will go to the store and pick up the supplies and by my next blog I will have the picture frame holder built.

       See Ya!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Blog Post #5

Dear Follower(s),

            In the last month since I wrote my last blog, I have done a lot with my new project.  I changed my idea to carpentry before Holiday break, and during that time I have finished my first mini project of my project.  Before break I started build a backyard ski setup, complete with a ramp, jump, and pvc ski rail.  This was my first time actually building something out of wood, so it was totally a learning  experience for me.  Along with the help of my neighbor, who is an experienced carpenter, it took about 5 weeks to complete, working only on the weekends.  My neighbor helped me build the ramp, which had two parts, the tower and the slide part. This took us about 4 weeks to build, and then I built the jump and pvc rail by myself, with the skills that I learned from working with my neighbor. This first project was a big and difficult one, but I learned a lot of different skills because it was so different.

           I have wanted to learn carpentry forever, but I didn't really know where to start, which is why I was so happy that my neighbor showed me some of the basic skills. I have only been working on carpentry for a month, so these basic skills are very basic, like pre-drilling holes, using a miter saw, nailing, and screwing.  These basic skills are the building blocks of becoming a good carpenter, which is what I aspire to be.  I don't want to be a carpenter when I grow, I just want to be a guy that is good with tools and knows how to fix things around the I house, I want to be "handy".

           I have a few projects in mind that I want to do for my project, but I know that the next one I am doing will be a picture frame holder.  By the next I write my next blog, I hope to have already gone to the hardware store to pick up the supplies I need.

        See Ya!