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Makers Workshop Seniors: Drawbridge Platforms

After SchoolSean Murray

Makers Workshop Seniors is a place where more experienced tinkerers can take on complex projects and learn advanced building techniques.

Veterans like Trent and Reid realize that slow is steady, and steady is fast. Here they set a stop to cut blocking for a drawbridge platform.

Before the break, we had designed and cut parts for the platforms of our first big projects: a drawbridge. Returning to a complex project after a three-week holiday break was like trying to construct a jig-saw puzzle that you'd made yourself.

What goes where? Reid, Dexter and Ethan put the pieces back together.

The experience level allows us to do some special things--like work with music playing, and each use two drills (one with a drill bit, one with a driver bit.

Two drills per builder!

We also work hard to achieve a smooth flow of labor.

Teamwork and flow--as Dexter and Ethan finish the first platform, Trent and Reid cut parts for the second.

The session was hugely productive--we assembled the first platform, cut and assembled the second, then had a break chat about the notorious Kansas City Walkway Collapse. And, of course, cleaned up.

Ethan takes work in progress to the project storage area.

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