By Phil Jergenson
Grid beam is a modular, reusable construction process that's quick, effortless, cheap, and almost goof-proof. usual individuals with few talents or even fewer instruments (all you would like is a wrench!) can take on initiatives starting from furnishings and store benches to extra formidable tasks like wind generators, truck racks, small buildings—even electrical vehicles.
Grid beam’s modular items and bolt-together building make the approach speedy and easy to paintings with. It has all of the merits of an commercial development process: common, modular sizes; uniform fabrics; and interchangeable components. tasks knock flat and are effortless to move. because the items can be utilized over and over, grid beam is straightforward either in your pockets and at the environment—the authors were utilizing a few of their elements for over thirty years.
How to construct with Grid Beam contains hundreds and hundreds of pictures of actual tasks outfitted over a sixty-year interval, exhibiting the various makes use of of grid beam, from cabinets for college kids to initiatives related to substitute power. the flexibility of grid beam is inspiring for newbies, more matured do-it- yourselfers, and innovators who will boost their very own designs. Even school-age youngsters can use grid beam to construct easy projects.
Phil Jergenson is an innovator who equipped the 1st grid beam vehicle.
Richard Jergenson equipped his first grid beam undertaking in 1977.
Wilma Keppel is a author and editor who's additionally a welder, wood worker, and grid beam builder.
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