Paint+Kitty Litter

Things are moving along in the wood shop as we wait for the concrete piers to cure. We started cutting the wood pieces for the storage unit, spilled some primer in the parking lot/on Dave’s car, threw some kitty litter on it (after scraping it off the asphalt) and went back to work. As half [...]


Coming back from Thanksgiving break, we finished up the final bit of concrete for this project and looked towards the next steps in the construction process. While the concrete piers set, there is much to be done on the storage piece, the roof, the sink, and the benches. The bulk of the past day or [...]

Happy Thanksgiving!

The past few days have been a whirlwind of hard work: shoveling, tying, measuring, tamping, pouring, screeding, cutting, and drilling. It has also been a lot of fun. It is pretty amazing that construction began just one week ago, and we are about to make our last concrete pour. Yesterday, the formwork for the piers [...]

“Work Smarter, Not Harder”

"Work smarter, not harder."  Sounds like something my father or grandfather would tell me, gently chiding me for making something more complicated than it needs to be and then instructing me on a way to do it better, faster, more accurately - or giving me a better tool to do the job.  That's another phrase [...]


Yesterday was our first concrete pour for half of the slab. All twelve of us and Dave were on the site the past few days to prepare the formwork of the slab and the rebars for yesterday concrete pour. Before the concrete pour, we had finished up tying all the rebars and make sure all the [...]

Headway at Medway

We are making progress on the slab. Due to an afternoon field trip for another class yesterday, we weren't able to make it to the site until around 5:30pm, right as the sun was setting. We quickly got to work tamping the soil and fixing the walls of the turndown, making sure they were vertical [...]