Building a House in 6 min.

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Project by BurningLizard posted 02-05-2011 09:23 PM 3592 views 5 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I work for a trade show company, we set up the show and provide booth furnishings to the exhibitors. Occasionally we get some interesting requests. This was one of my favorites. They wanted a booth that looked like a house and they could sit at like a desk in front with a stage in back. this is a scale 3D rendering I made from the graphics guy’s drawing and mock up, and the build in time laps. The video also shows the on site set up.

The wall and roof panels are held together with “coffin locks” they are draw latches set into the panels. The main wall panels have a 2×6 set into them at the same level as the front porch, we ran lag bolts through the 2×6 and into the porch to hold it all together. It was surprisingly solid even before we put up any of the front supports or the wing wall.

The trick was keeping things light so that it was easily transportable and quick to set up. All of the wall panels were made form 1×4 and door skin, the beams are door skin over plywood, the siding and roofing are made of corrugated plastic.

This was a pretty fun project, I’m always amazed at the expense people will go to for a 1 time use product. It was used at the national ice skating championships in Spokane, WA. in 2006. I,m the “larger” guy in the video with the long hair (short hair now).

The music is Joe Satriani, If I Could Fly.

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#1 posted 02-05-2011 09:34 PM

cool… like it.

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#2 posted 02-05-2011 10:51 PM

looks great….thanks for the cool video….love the look

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#3 posted 02-05-2011 11:04 PM

That was great

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#4 posted 02-05-2011 11:58 PM

You have a pretty cool job!

One time use = job security.

Nice job.

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#5 posted 02-06-2011 01:13 AM

I love Craftsman style..Awesome Job and Thanks for the Satriani

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#6 posted 02-06-2011 02:00 AM

One time use, does that mean it’s not being used now? when can I move in?


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#8 posted 02-06-2011 12:45 PM

loved the video!! fascinating.
End result – very cool.. great concept and what a “draw” for people to stop by and look.

  • it looked like that one roof panel took some adjusting (it went up/down a few times)
  • chuckled at the people making faces at the camera, at the one point
  • and, is it now just “destroyed” and the wood to be used again or did you just leave it there and you have no idea where it is now, or did it get turned into someone’s playhouse in a backyard somewhere.. or?
  • and 6 min. video – how long did it take in real time?

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#9 posted 02-09-2011 10:00 PM

Thanks for the video

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#10 posted 02-11-2011 07:05 AM

Hey thanks for all the comments.
At the end of the the show we just shipped it out, were it ended up or if it was used again I don’t know. I think it took about three weeks after the graphics guy gave me his basic illustrations and the booth dimension restrictions. The research for this project turned me on to the craftsman style, I had seen it and recognized it as a style, but didn’t know the name or the history. Soon after this project I designed a hall table for my parents house inspired by Green and Green craftsman style furniture. Like I said before this was one of my favorite projects. I’m glad you all liked it. Oh and the people making faces, children will be children. Thanks

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#11 posted 02-11-2011 12:17 PM

thanks for filling in the blanks.
3 weeks … wow.

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#12 posted 07-22-2017 12:09 PM

This is beautiful work and you have a wonderful job. I can imagine how enjoyable and interesting your work is. I have been to some trade shows and have seen some of these large displays that the large company’s bring to the shows. Some of the displays are quite elaborate. Congratulations. This display is such a beautiful and outstanding one.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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