I was happiest in this process when I was doing something active towards the completion of my tiny house. Finishing the floors was my job. The students installed it, then did a sanding, and I applied the finish. It was a long process – four coats (and sanding between each coat) later and it was almost done. This was fun and there was much advice from my head custodian. I have to admit, taking his advice for the last coat made a big difference. We'll have to do a final coat or too after the rest of the interior is done because the floor has gotten pretty banged up despite the students' reminders to take off your shoes when you go inside. I think I'll cover the floor with a tarp while we finish things off for a little bit more protection.
A high school wood shop/construction class is an interesting place. I had an idyllic vision of hardworking students all happily busy at a task. Well, duh, why would this class be any different than anything in life? Some people worked, some people didn't. Some worked really hard all the time, and others worked reluctantly or with much prodding. The wood shop is a microcosm of life, I guess.
Classes are only an hour long, add in lates, cleanup, packing up and other interruptions, and it is seldom you'll get a full hour of work from anyone. Throw in the occasional assembly day schedule which means all classes are shortened or a "SpringFun Day" for the whole school, and the project grinds to a halt for a few days.
Framing both the floor and walls was rather quick and involved a lot of bodies so that worked well in the shop.
Obviously a lot of work happened before we started doing interiors, so I thought it best to show a few of those photos. Before you can even start working on the floors, metal side rails have to be removed and ground smooth. Insulating the floor boards is a necessity and you've got to lay a subfloor.
The walls are up, so the guys have started finishing the interior. Tongue and groove paneling is going on the walls. They've already applied a coat of finish on the front and back of the boards with a power air machine thingy! Who knows what it is called. We were lucky to have a bunch of warm dry days, so the boards could dry outside.