Cherry Pit Dialogues 09.12.14

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We had our first event on Friday night! It’s been a long journey since we picked up the 1972 Airstream Land Yacht just over a year ago and transformed it into the KU Mobile Collaboratory. Now we get to put … Continue reading

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Newest pictures 8.6.14

A long overdue post showing some of the latest pics. We really are narrowing in on the finish. The biggest piece of work to be completed is the hatchback. The rest is bits and pieces. We installed all of the low-voltage lighting and the long counters on the side. You can’t see it in the pictures, but the recycled tire flooring is installed (the pink rosin paper is for protection.)

CS Humphrey helped us out by applying finish to the walnut benches up in the front. They look fantastic!

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Latest Photos

This gives a sense of what the final quality of the MoCoLab will be like. A warm wooden interior space with seating for a number of people. The semester ended with some work left to be done. It will be wrapped up in the summer by those of us left in Lawrence.

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The Final Countdown

With our final review only a week away, construction of the MoCoLab is in full swing! The interior wood paneling is being installed and the window sills are being constructed.

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Teams are working on fabricating the movable carts/tables and seating.

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New axles and air conditioning have been installed and the exterior lighting is working. We are hard  at work and much more progress will be made in the next week!

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“Look at that shine!”

Our polishing experts Aaron and Johann have been very busy making this Airstream look brand new! I’d say they’ve done a pretty great job!

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How To: Make a Panel

One task that we have really been focusing on lately is the making of the wall panels. Our process is pretty interesting, so I thought I would share how we created and bent over 100 panels (so far).

Step One is to make a plug for each panel shape. This is done by figuring out the exact dimensions of the airstream curves, and cutting pieces to reflect that curve, and then arranging them across a 5′ board. Once the pieces are glued and nailed together, a piece of masonite is attached to the top of it, along with a layer of tape to ensure that no glue touched the surface.

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Step Two is to cut all of the panels to their rough dimensions. Once they are all cut, another set is needed to create a double layer. The two panels are glued together with a piece of paper on the front. This paper is to mark the number of the panel, as well as to Once that is all completed, the panels are ready to go inside the vacuum bags.

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Step Three is to put the glued panels into the vacuum bags. Once they are placed, the vacuum is turned on to eliminate any air from the bag, causing the bendy-ply panels to form to the shape of the plug. The panels stay in the bag for about 20 minutes.

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We now have piles and piles of the different panel shapes!

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Weekend Developments

We’ve been working hard this weekend to make some progress on the MoCoLab. The wall panels are almost all vacuum pressed and will soon be ready to be installed.

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The windows are looking nice and shiny and new weather stripping is being added to them. The EcoHawks have begun work on running conduit in the interior of the trailer.

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We’ve also begun fabricating test furniture out of the baltic birch and bendy plywood before we begin the final versions.

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