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How to Build with Grid Beam: A Fast, Easy and Affordable System for Constructing Almost Anything Paperback – June 1, 2008
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Grid beam is a modular, reusable building system that is fast, easy, affordable and virtually goof-proof. Ordinary people, with few skills and even fewer tools (all you need is a wrench!) can tackle projects ranging from furniture and shop benches to more ambitious projects like wind turbines, truck racks, small buildings--even electric vehicles.
Grid beam's modular pieces and bolt-together construction make the system fast and straightforward to work with. It has all the advantages of an industrial building system: standard, modular sizes; uniform materials; and interchangeable parts. Projects knock flat and are easy to transport. Since the pieces can be used over and over again, grid beam is easy both on your wallet and on the environment-the authors have been using some of their components for over 30 years.
How to Build with Grid Beam includes hundreds of photos of real projects built over a 60-year period, showing the many uses of grid beam, from shelves for college students to projects involving alternative energy. The versatility of grid beam is inspiring, for beginners, more experienced do-it-yourselfers, and innovators who will develop their own designs. Even school-age children can use grid beam to build simple projects.(2007-11-27)
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Alas, Grid Beam has some problems, ones that are shared with and come from its counter-culture heritage.
The main problem is that Grid Beam-compatible components are *very* hard to find. The book lists some suppliers, but they are all either "true believers" hidden in a small town in California, or big industrial firms spread out over the country. In other words, you can't find grid beam posts/tubes/beams in your local Home Depot. Without them, you're stuck. You have to make your own wooden grid beam posts, or figure out a way to get steel or aluminum ones shipped to you.
Doing your own wood posts is time-consuming, and it's a big challenge for those who are afraid of power tools. And yet Grid Beam was supposed to *overcome* that fear!
Buying steel or aluminum posts is going to be a big hassle. Steel is not pricey, but aluminum is, and neither are going to be cheap to get shipped to you. Even Oakland, CA, a hotbed of alternative building, doesn't seem to have a supplier.
This book shows that the authors have failed to grasp a lesson that dome-builders learned in the 1970s. Fuller devotees published "Domebook" and "Domebook 2" in the late 70s before revising their ideas and coming out with a new standard, "Shelter".Read more ›
If you need practical, inexpensive, yet elegant solutions for any kind of storage units, basic furniture, and much more, this book will show you how to do it.
Afraid of building things? Read this and see how easy it is. Anyone can do it with minimal cost, very few tools, and with a variety of materials.
As the book says, it's basically an Erector Set for adults (or even smart kids with maybe a bit of supervision...)
I needed bookcases -- next week I'll have them.
Simple, elegant, and (here's the best part) if and when you no longer need what you've built, you can dismantle the project and re-use the pieces to build something else. Thorough, inspirational, and completely practical.
No fear. Just do it!
I really wanted to understand how this system works and what the possibilities might be.
The book gives me exactly the information I wanted: a bit of history of grid beam, ideas, sample projects, safety considerations, resources, and how-to. It is clear and concise and encourages you to develop your own ideas.
But if you can find find the parts this is a great system for prototyping or building projects without a lot of supporting tools.
" My Own Personal Industrial Revolution!" WOW!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's great best way to build with limited hand tools. You do need a hacksaw and some way to drill, but that's about allPublished 16 months ago by Richard Whit-mer
Boy, if I had this book 40 years ago, I wouldn't have needed so much wood!Published 19 months ago by Gary L. Reed
It wasn't quiet what I expected. It wasn't really my skill level. I was hoping for some different idea types.Published on May 28, 2013 by Amelia Nicolaus