Introduction: One Way Sharing System

We live in a world where everybody has his own life, his own habits, and his own activities, but in the meantime we still want to be connected with other people. This 'One Way Sharing System' creates a very simple accessible platform where people can share stuff, but can't steal stuff that has already been hand in.

In this 'Instructable' we build a sharing platform for seeds of herbs, vegetables and flowers, but there are many other situations in which a sharing board can play an important role: Handing in the key's of your room at a youth hostel; An idea delivering platform for suggestions at f.e. schools, youth movements; ... We count on your creative interpretation of our product.

Based on a honeycomb and it's hexagonal forms we created a friendly and natural looking product that can be mounted on the wall. No conventional locking systems are used to discourage vandalism. The jars can be accessed by using a simple key: a bolt.

HOW IT WORKS//

  • An organisation installs this honeycomb structure and distributes several jars (Filled or not filled with stuff) to his public.
  • When people want to hand in the jars, they simply drop it in the honeycomb structure.
  • Stealing already handed in jars is impossible because of a natural locking system: the perfect fitting honeycomb structure.
  • When the responsible person wants to collect the jars, he uses a simple bolt to lift the backside of the frame. (The bolt screws in a nut attached to the backplate. Turning the bolt pulls the 'Back Panel' to the front.) When the backside is lifted, then can easily acces the lifted jars.
  • When screwing the bolt back out, a spring pushes the backside back against the wall, the frame is locked again.

EXAMPLE SITUATIONS//

Seed sharing: (Urban) gardening is getting more and more popular. The sad part is that many people are cultivating vegetables, herbs and flowers and spilling the most valuable part of it: the seeds. Sharing your own cultivated seeds can easily be done with this ‘One Way Sharing System’:

  1. In the beginning of the year you get jars from the community with seeds
  2. After cultivating the plants, you harvest & dry your seeds
  3. Hand in the jars into the honeycomb frame
  4. Seeds are well conserved in the jars during winter
  5. After winter, the organisation opens the frame, and distributes the seeds over the interested people.

Key Hostel: Handing in the keys at a hotel or a hostel isn’t always functioning smoothly, and that sad because you have to cache your flight, train, … This is an example cycle where the ‘One Way Sharing System' solves this problem.

  1. When you arrive at the ho(s)tel you receive a little jar with the key of your room
  2. At the end of your vacation you can put the key back into the jar and drop it in the honeycomb frame.
  3. The staff of the hostel have a nice overview of which room is occupied and which is free.

Step 1: SHOPPING LIST

PARTS//

  • 06x Multiplex Birch 6mm (±35 x 40)
  • 06x MDF 18mm (±20 x 50mm)
  • 01x Paint (Optional)
  • 30x Magnets (Ø 10mm x Maximum 6mm)
  • 01x Wood glue01x Superglue (Optional)
  • 01x Nut (M6)01x Key-Bolt (M6; 51 mm)
  • 01x Spring (Ø 21,6 x 47mm; thickness 2,4mm)
  • 06x Screws (Ø10 x 135mm)
  • 06x Plugs (Ø10 x 140mm)

MACHINERY//

  • Lasercutter
  • Saw (Has to saw under an angle)
  • Drill Ø 10mm (Wood) + Drilling machine
  • Drill Ø 10mm (Stone)
  • Hammer
  • Screwdriver

Step 2: LASERCUTTING 8 HEXAGONS

First step is lasering out the different honeycomb structures. Take in to account the following parameters.


PARAMETERS//

  • Material: Multiplex birch
  • Thickness: 6mm
  • Maximum dimensions one hexagon: 390 x 340mm
  • Lasering time: ± 50min
  • Illustrator files in attachment
    • Front Plate: 1x
    • Inner Plate - Extra: 1x
    • Inner Plate: 5x
    • Back Plate: 1x


Step 3: SAWING SIDE PANELS

The 'Side Panels' can be sawed with any sawing tool which can be set under an angle (Panel saw, Crop saw, Tilting saw, …)


OPERATIONS//

  • Saw first one plank with the sides under an angle
  • Divide this plank into the 6 final 'Side Panels'.

PARAMETERS//

  • Material: MDF
  • Thickens: 18mm
  • Angle chamfered sides: 60°
  • Further dimensions in attachment

Step 4: PAINTING SIDE PANELS

In this prototype the side panels were painted in white, but you can chose any color or leave unpainted. Tip: you can hang the panels on a rope to paint them, like that you can paint both sides at once.

Step 5: DRILLING HOLES IN SIDE PANELS

The bolts that attach the frame to the wall have to pass through the 'Side Panels'. Therefore we need to drill a hole. Do this step very careful, because the outlining of the drilled hole will define how precise the 'Side Panels' will fit.


PARAMETERS//

  • Bore: Ø10mm
  • Further dimensions in attachment

Step 6: PLACING MAGNETS IN BACK PANEL

To fix the jars into the honeycomb structure and also to get some tactile feedback when placing a jar, we use little magnets. These magnets will attract the lids of the jars.


OPERATIONS//

  • Push the magnets into the holes
  • Make arise with the top of the plank
  • Eventually drop at the backside some superglue in the hole to fully fix the magnets.

Step 7: GLUEING 6 INNER PLATES + TOP PLATE

To create a thick honeycomb structure we glue 6 layers of multiplex on top of each other. Make sure the layers fit perfect on each other so the jars can smoothly pass. Use normal wood glue.


OPERATIONS//

  • Glue the 6 'Inner Plates' perfectly on top of each other
  • Finally glue the resulting structure on the 'Front Plate'

Step 8: GLUEING SIDE PLATES

The last step in assembling the upper part of the product is glueing on the 'Side Panels'. Tip: Put a plug trough the holes of the 'Side Panels' and the 'Front Panel'. This will asure the passage for the bolts.

Step 9: GLUEING NUT LOCK

At the side of the product a nut has to be fixed to the back panel, for that we first create a 'Nut Lock' where the nut will fit in. These two little parts are part of the lasercutted panel 'Inner Plate Extra'.


OPERATIONS//

  • Glue the two parts perfectly on each other
  • Get pressure on both side during tens of minutes (Make sure the flu is fully dry before testing)

Step 10: PUSHING IN NUT

When de glue of the previous step is dry you can push the nut into the hexagonal hole. Make sure the nut is fully inside de 'Nut Lock'-part.

Step 11: GLUEING NUT LOCK TO BACK PLATE

The final step in assembling the back side of the product is glueing the nut lock to the 'Back Plate'. Tip: use the bolt to line out the holes of the 'Back Plate' and the 'Nut Lock'.

Step 12: COMBINING FRONT AND BACK SIDE

The only part left in creating the product is combining the front and the back side using a spring.


OPERATIONS//

  • Push the spring around the 'Nut Lock'
  • Put the back side inside the front side, the spring has to fit in the hole of the 'Inner Plates'

Step 13: DRILL 6 HOLES INTO THE WALL

To attach the frame to the wall we first need to drill 6 holes in the wall.


OPERATIONS//

  • Use the technical sketch in attachment to indicate the location of the holes on the wall
  • Drill out the holes

PARAMETERS//

  • Bore: 10mm
  • Depth hole: 75mm
  • Technical sketch in attachment

Step 14: SCREWING IN THE SCREWS

Final step: screwing in the screw into plugs. This will fix the frame durably to the wall. The product is ready to use!


OPERATIONS//

  • Know the plugs trough the frame into the holes in the wall with a hamer
  • Screw in the screw until its totally fixed

PARAMETERS//

  • Screw: Ø10mm
  • Plug: Ø10mm

Step 15: JARS

Beside the frame we need also a bunch of jars which will be filled by your public. On the inside of the lid you can write what’s going to be inside, or people can write it themselves. Tip: Use different background colors to create different themes, the colors will reflect beautifully in the glass jars.

PARAMETERS//

  • Diameter sticker: Ø42mm

Step 16: ENJOY

We hope to deliver you not only a beautiful DIY product, but also a system for a community to encourage the social coherence. Like already said before, this product is just a start, we count on your creativity to fit this in your project!
Thank you!
Kristof, Niels, Esmee & Jonas

Comments

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confu (author)2014-04-07

Pretty cool!
Can imagine infinite ways to use this.
Using one inner plate less would work as a nice spice rack or storage for assorted bits and pieces.
Regarding the "locking" mechanism:
One inner plate more and the top plate a little set off upwards (or inner sections downwards) could provide interlocking of the jars only by gravitational force.
This way you could use a "key" to rise the inner sections a little (or lower the front panel) and the jars would be pushed out by a spring tensioned (now in the other direction) back plate. So no need for magnets anymore and some parts less.
Just suggesting...
Anyway, nice concept! :)

PS: Please share some seeds of that tomato-rice-something-plant ;D

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Hezsus (author)2014-04-07

Looks Like the magnets and the shape of the jars fitting tightly into the cavity is what provides the 'lock'. The bolt is able to pull the back plate forward when installed allowing the edge of the jars to be grasped.

It would seem that you could easily pry a jar out with a knife or similar object as well.

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ochâtelain (author)2014-04-07

Could I steal a jar with a simple sucker? The design is elegant and good looking. cingratulations!

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chicopluma (author)2014-04-06

but if I have a bolt I can open it, not just the person in charge

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wesouthwardjr32 (author)2014-04-06

My question is are these baby food jars or what? If they aren't what kind are they and where can I get some?

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diy_bloke (author)2014-04-06

looks great, but it is absolutely unclear to me how the locking of the jars works. Even after seeing the video.
Why is it only someone with a bolt can 'unlock' the jars? what is keeping them locked? just the magnetes?

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Gleipnir622 (author)2014-04-06

I am confused by this, if someone wanted to steal jars, couldn't they just screw in a bolt and then access the jars? I think this idea is wonderful, I'm just confused.

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aephix (author)2014-04-05

Nice design, but couldn't you just use a suction cup to pull the jars out?

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inkspot099 (author)aephix2014-04-05

Yeah my first thought too, or a loop of tape, or gum on the end of a pencil...

author

True, but we look at it in an other direction:

Todays product are trying to anticipate on vandalism and theft using obvious padlocks, metal bars, combination locks, … But these things make the containing product look more expensive then they really are. For example: paintings behind thick glass showcases look more expensive then those just hanging on the wall. And so they also get more attention from people with bad intentions.

This ‘One Way Sharing System’ creates a locking without provoke these bad intensions.

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dan3008 (author)2014-04-06

Nice design. needs a bit of work though. As stated, anything stickyer than the attraction of the magnets would allow items to be removed.

Still, I think I might have a play and see what I can come up with :) looks like a fun project :)

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dignoreus (author)2014-04-05

Sorry but there still doesn't seem to be any video or further explanation?

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andrea biffi (author)2014-04-04

bautiful design

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kakashibatosi (author)2014-04-04

have you considered turning the leftover honeycomb shaped pieces into containers and using those instead? you'd have a guaranteed perfect fit. just label the ends or add chalkboard paint.

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iamtojo (author)2014-04-03

I think that you forgot to put in the video of how it works. It looks like a very cool concept though.

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JonasCallewaert (author)iamtojo2014-04-04

Thanks for the tip! You can find the video now on top.

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alcurb (author)2014-04-03

I don't quite understand how to use it. And what about the hex bottles?

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JonasCallewaert (author)alcurb2014-04-04

Thanks for the remark. I added some further explanations, and our video. I hope it's clear now.

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