We are 4 students industrial product design and for a schoolproject we had to make a multifunctional furniture.
In this schoolproject we made a sort of desk divider. It is meant to be used as desk divider but at the same time as a brainstormarea. In our schoolbuilding there is a workspace where the whole project should be made.
What materials do you need?
- multiplex (for the frame)
- tube clamps
- 2-component adhesive
- Forex plates (length table X height you want.)
- steel sheet
What tools do you need?
- panel saw (or jig saw)
- sandpaper / grinder
Step 1: Choose the Table You Want to Use.
Every table is different. Yours will be 2 meters long, mine 1.7 and your neighbours will be 3 meters long. So choose a table and measure it. Also measure the thickness of the top of the table. We use the tables from the IDC, a school building in Kortrijk.
This table has a thin round table legs. That's the reason why we use tub clamps.
Step 2: 3D Design / Modeling
If you familiar with any CAD software you can make a cad model or take a look at ours.
Step 3: Cut Off the 2 Forex Plates
We want a straight edge of our divider so the best way is to use a panel saw. Most of you guys won't have that but a jig saw will work fine. To saw perfect straight lines use a long wooden plank, ruler, or someting else and place it along the cuttingline at a distance. (see picture above)
Step 4: Cut Off the Multiplex
Forex plates are a little pricey so we make it hollow inside and use a wooden construction for the firmness. Cut the ends of the multiplex at a angle so everything fits well. See picture.
Step 5: Glue Al the Parts
Now you have 2 forex plates and some multiplex. Start gluing the multiplex on one of the forex plates using 2-component adhesive. Now glue the last forex plate on top of it. It's recommended to do this with 2 people. Don't forget to mark some points where the multiplex passes. We will need them later to fix the panel to the table.
Step 6: Fold a Metal Plate
The most most forces will be on the next part. It will carry all previous parts. This will be the connection between the panel and the table Take a metal sheet and drill the holes. Grind al the scherp edges. Next fold the plate.
Step 7: Add the Tube Clamps and Metalpart.
Now we add the tube clamps and metalpart to the panel we've made. As we said, the metal part will carry the panel so it won't fall off. The clamps will prevent the panel from falling over. You can simple screw them in place at the points you marked early. Also keep in mind the screws are not longer than the thickness of your forexpanel. To use this type you will need to mill some of the wood out of the table because the metal part will hook in there.
Step 8: Other Variant.
We also tested a sidepanel. This one doesn't need the metal hook because the panel rests on the ground. Repeat step 1 to 5. Now the width is necessary and you can choose the hight yourself.