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User Detailing Done Well

Nathan SavoyComment

As Thursday's group gears up for the final assembly of our slide components this week we took advantage of our progress by placing a focus on the slides' details. The afternoon began with us splitting into two groups. One worked on placing a slippery protective coating over our slide (to prevent users bottoms from splinters) and the other focused on adding the final touches to the platform. Through our detailing efforts both groups had the opportunity to be introduced to some new items in the shop. 

Miel and Kyra learn how a finishing washer added to a screw will help attach the new coating to the slide without tearing through the plastic. 

Miel and Kyra learn how a finishing washer added to a screw will help attach the new coating to the slide without tearing through the plastic. 

Max manages the electric PVC cutter to size the pipe so it can be secured into place between the platforms' "fences".

Max manages the electric PVC cutter to size the pipe so it can be secured into place between the platforms' "fences".

Next we came together as one group to cut and attach the slide "siders" to prevent the user from falling over when going down. Working together we found pieces of 2x6, cut, carried and attached them to the slide. 

With about ten minutes remaining the group deliberated on what to do next. Despite the overwhelming interest in painting we didn't have quite enough time to delve into the the brushes and pallets this week and still have time to clean up. So we kept with the theme of the day and begun drawing and cutting out cardboard stars to be hung from the top of the platform (almost like streamers) before sliding back down to earth. Is it just me or does this slide seem ready to rise up into the sky!?!   

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