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Project by Arthouse posted 66 days ago 1807 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I saw this yesterday and had to post it to show how it failed. This is a downtown park project put up by Architecture students and lead by a Architecture Professor. They assembled this dome on the ground using pine strips and pushed it upward using many people and 2×4’s to prop it up until they could bolt it in place. If you notice there are straps pulling it in place and supports holding up the center section. Also the curve has fallen in some places . I took a closer look and saw where they failed . The whole structure is made of soft wood not one piece of oak or birch for a stronger structural design . I ‘ve build a lot of outdoor structures and never use soft wood unless it is cut into large beams like 6×12 or 12×12 . It is such a beautiful design but never gets the full intend , looks like they never consulted with a real woodworker. The lesson here is always consult an old grizzled woodworker like an old attorney they are a library of wealth filled with knowledge that saves time and money . All this and Heaven too.

-- "The hand is the cutting edge of the mind but the wind and sun are the healing factors of the heart





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nailbanger2

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#1 posted 66 days ago

I’m surprised there isn’t yellow warning tape surrounding that structure. How long did it take to fail, if you know.

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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bushmaster

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#2 posted 66 days ago

good looks does not always tell the hole truth. they did develope some woodworking skills though. Not all was lost.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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Mark A. DeCou

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#3 posted 66 days ago

It is pretty cool, I like the concept of the shadow shutters. I could see it being a neat looking park pavilion, but a huge maintenance nightmare.

I can see what you are saying with the use of wood and needing some “experience” for consultation with the design. Reminds of a very smart guy who made a huge plane out of wood, somehow convinced the taxpayers to pay for the adventure, and now the taxpayers have to keep it maintained for a museum.

And just think, all those kids are now out in the real world designing buildings!

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com

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Jeff_in_KCMO

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#4 posted 66 days ago

So, the point of this post is tooooooo… what? Didn’t your mother ever teach you, that if you can’t say something nice…

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Monte Pittman

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#5 posted 66 days ago

Very impressive idea. Depressing that a teacher didn’t see the obvious flaw in design.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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helluvawreck

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#6 posted 66 days ago

Murphy’s law is always at work just waiting on an opportunity like this.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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ThorinOakenshield

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#7 posted 66 days ago

Good to know. Not all posts and comments have to be pats on the back. Appreciate the lesson. I think warning everyone of impending doom is probably under the “saying something nice” category.

-- -Thorin Oakenshield, King Under the Mountain

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BritBoxmaker

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#8 posted 66 days ago

Oh wow!

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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LeTurbo

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#9 posted 66 days ago

The question though, is do they know that it failed? Or are they (like so many, in so many ventures) deluded into thinking it is successful?

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Greg72

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#10 posted 66 days ago

I wouldn’t say that they “failed” but like most woodworkers they had the opportunity to learn from their mistakes. It’s a beautiful project!

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vidkid26

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#11 posted 65 days ago

“Reminds of a very smart guy who made a huge plane out of wood, somehow convinced the taxpayers to pay for the adventure, and now the taxpayers have to keep it maintained for a museum.”

Actually it’s owned and maintained by Evergreen Aviation near Portland.

http://evergreenmuseum.org

If you want to see woodworking that is simply amazing, you might want to check it out.

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DavidIN

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#12 posted 61 days ago

the design isn’t a fail, beautiful design. material/construction of it was. lesson learned

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JoeinGa

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#13 posted 56 days ago

Buut the Architecture Professor said it would work!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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