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Makers Workshop Seniors: Drawbridge Platforms

Makers (Winter 2014)Sean Murray

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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