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2x4

A rough 2x4 is slightly less than 2 inches thick and approximately 4 inches wide.  The drying process and planing of the board reduce it to the finished 1.5x3.5 size.

Today we started off the day at 0600 and had 15 minutes to get ready for our daily room inspections, followed by the morning cleaning stations. We headed on our way to the Barnwood Bar-B-Que where we ate breakfast. Everyone finished then packed up and headed to the two job sights about an hour away.  My group got a lot done.  We worked on the roof and the inside putting up the walls. Our groups were set back a little with a few mistakes, but worked together to resolve the problems and get back on track. Around 1400, we cleaned up and headed back.  Some of us decided to play some basketball before dinner. The last part of the day was class.  Our instructor tonight was 1/C Griffin…
4/C Nick Simonds from Uxbridge, Massachusetts has always wanted to protect his country.  He was inspired by his dad, USAR Major, Andrew Simonds. 4/C Nick Simonds from Uxbridge, Massachusetts has done renovation work with his dad.  He feels that construction is pretty simple.​​​​​​ 4/C Timothy O. Ilano says that he has always been interested in what would be included under EM, like government agencies, police, and firefighting. When 4/C Jake Smith from Wallingford, Connecticut was born, his room was decorated with firetrucks and ambulances.  His dad is a paramedic/firefighter in their hometown.  Jake said, "My dad is a firefighter.  I want to be just like him." 4/C Jackson…
Ed Niehaus is credited with the invention of the miter saw in 1964.  Also referred to as a drop saw, the miter saw is used for cutting molding and trim.  It makes cuts by pulling a spinning circular blade onto a piece of wood in short, controlled motions.   Unlike a circular saw which are handheld, a miter saw is mounted. In the standard position, the angle of the blade is fixed at 90 degrees.  All miter saws can cut angles at 90 degrees and 45 degrees.  The angle of the blade can be changed on the miter index.  Many miter saws have “stops” so that the miter index can be quickly set to other common angles.  Elementary School Connection:  Draw and label 90 degree angles and 45 degree…
  After a pleasant weekend, the cadets woke up ready to work on this Monday morning. The crews arrived back at the two homes in Lake Panasoffkee around 0800. All the cadets returned to where they left off Friday. On Site 1, the crew under the direction of Habitat Superintendent Travis worked diligently all day. They modified the jacks around the exterior of the home in order to properly fit the fascia. NOTE: A fascia is a wooden board or flat piece of material such as that covering the ends of rafters. Once the jacks were set, all the fascia was installed and the crew was able to move into the interior of the house. They framed out and erected multiple interior walls. Up on…
Today we went back to worksite after the weekend off. We started right where we left off finishing one half of the roof. We also started on the interior of the house building walls to be put up tomorrow. We had to measure and cut pieces of wood to specific lengths in order for them to fit perfectly. Each piece was measured twice before cutting in order to make sure that it would fit perfectly. Tomorrow we will be doing the other half of the roof and continuing to put walls up on the inside. There have been some mistakes along the way but we have been quick to learn from them and fix them. Go Bucs!   Content  
  Over the last week we have been working on two houses for unfortunate families. Building with my shipmates for those in need is a very rewarding experience. Not everyone is fortunate enough to have the privileges to live in a house. To put a smile on other people's faces means the world to us cadets at Massachusetts Maritime Academy. I highly recommend getting involved in some sort of community service at some point in your futures.  Yesterday we had a break from the job sites and an amazing trip to St. AugustineYou may not know that St. Augustine is the oldest city in the nation. St. Augustine was founded in September 1565 and is very well known for its Spanish architecture. We…
Take a virtual field trip to what is said to be the oldest wooden schoolhouse in America.     Compare this early 18th century school with the school that you attend.   What are the similarities and differences between the two schools?  
  What a difference fourteen years have made for 4/C Tim Ilano! He first visited what is said to be the oldest wooden schoolhouse in the country with his family in 2006. On Sunday, he returned to the St. Augustine landmark with his fellow Massachusetts Maritime Academy cadets.  This time, he appeared to be a little happier to have his photo taken.   Back home in Simi Valley, California, Cadet Ilano's parents marveled at the physical, academic, and social growth that has taken place since that cherished family trip to St. Augustine that "seems like just yesterday".       
We had a great day in St. Augustine. Today we toured the fortress named Castillo de San Marcos built by the Spanish in the late 1600s. The fort was built as a defensive position for the city mainly from pirates or any other invaders coming from the ocean. We were able to see them shoot a cannon from the fort which was very cool. After that we rented mopeds and drove around the city and made it to St. Augustine beach. It was an awesome experience, but back to work tomorrow. We’ve been putting plywood on the trusses, which hold up the roof of Job Site B, the second of two houses we’re working on. Two cadets and I have been on the roof, while a couple other people hand us up sheets of…