Sunday, March 13, 2011

Wood Fabrication

One of my courses this semester is an independent study dealing with detailed digital modeling and fabrication of wood structures. The instructor has started the class with the intent that it will become a seminar course which will work in conjunction with the design/build studios. The work that the other 5 students and I produce is going to help dictate the direction the course will take.

At the beginning of the semester we had a representative come in to teach a software seminar for Dietrich's AG, which the the main program we're using. The purpose of it is primarily for timber frame and post and beam structures with an emphasis on custom wood joinery. The program also provides a ton of information from the digital model for the purpose of fabrication, and has the ability to directly produce code for CNC machines.

At the end of the course we will be constructing a small stick-frame structure using 2x4s or 2x6s. We have been experimenting with the software to see what we can do so we can begin designing our class project. Our goal is to create some type of outdoor pavilion using custom joints instead of screws and plates to hold the structure together.

This is a recent project by Kengo Kuma which is a good source of inspiration as it uses the same strategy of custom wood joints and stick construction that we would be trying to do (at a much smaller scale).


  1. Usually I never comment on blogs but your article is so convincing that I never stop myself to say something about it. You’re doing a great job. Please Keep it up. Custom Fabrication

  2. Excellent post. I really enjoy reading and also appreciate your work. This concept is a good way to enhance knowledge. Keep sharing this kind of articles, Thank you. Joinery In Sharjah

  3. A very delightful article that you have shared here. Your blog is a valuable and engaging article for us, and also I will share it with my companions who need this info. Thankful to you for sharing an article like this. professional shop fitout gold coast

  4. Really appreciate this wonderful as we have seen here. This is a great source to enhance knowledge for us. Thankful to you for sharing an article like this. warehouse racking

  5. I am truly impressed by this post which you have provided regarding insulating tape windows It is an interesting post for me as well as for others. Thanks for sharing such articles here.