Introduction: Collapsible Portable Display Stands/Boxes With Built-In Storage Space
In this instructable you'll see: How I made some collapsible display stands with hidden storage space, out of melamine, as well as additional innovative mechanisms, for use in exhibitions or other alternative instances that are presented at the last step!
I was asked by QControl, a modern company which is in the business of the quality control equipment and services targeting the industrial sector, to make some folding stands, which can be assembled and disassembled without tools, in order to use them, for presenting their products at various exhibitions
After I cut all the pieces of melamine that I needed, which have the same color with the Logo of the company, I started the assembling process.
I made a wooden square for guidance, to be able to assemble the pieces fast and accurately.
I also placed PVC tape on the workbench so that the pieces I am going to assemble won’t slip against the bench.
After I measured and cut the spacer in the right dimensions, I started placing the one of the two parts of the mechanism, one on each side on the short pieces.
Which have to be at the same level with the melamine.
...and then I repeated the same process for another 12 pieces.
Now, to the other piece of melamine, after I measured and cut a different spacer, I installed the other part of the mechanism, which is going to fit with the other piece I made before.
...and I repeated again the same process for the remaining pieces.
Now for the long pieces, I repeated the same process but this time I placed two mechanisms on each side, for better stability.
Just needs more careful measurement and to be more precise while placing them, so that when they fit together, they are exactly at the same level.
After I have placed all the mechanisms on the side pieces, it’s time to make the caps.
For an easy assembling, I cut some slats and nailed them under the top surface of the melamine, so that they fit in quick and easily, over the side pieces, preventing this way any movement to the left and to the right.
Because the wooden laths are too expensive, I took some pinewood boards, divided the width of each board and cut 2 by 2cm slats.
Then I sanded all the pieces very well on all four sides.
I rounded one corner of every slat so that they slip and fit in more easily during the assembling.
Now, I started cutting every slat at 45 degrees, at the right distance, carefully, in order for the rounded edge to be on the outer side when the angle is formed.
After I subtracted the gap that the lid is going to leave and the thickness of the melamine, I cut the spacers and I started the installation.
The dimensions of the spacers and the slats must be calculated with the accuracy of a millimeter, otherwise, during the assembling, they will either be too loose and move to the left and to the right, or will be too tight and they will not fit as intended.
After I nailed all the sides, I repeated the same process with the remaining pieces.
Assembly Process Demonstration (Long Pieces)
Assembly Process Demonstration (Short Pieces)
Syskevasia - The International Packaging Exhibition in Greece (Metropolitan Expo Centre)
Posidonia - The International Shipping Exhibition (Metropolitan Expo Centre)
...and some other uses!
Thanks for reading! I hope you liked it!
6 years ago
Where can I find those black connectors?
Reply 4 years ago
You can find them at the following link!
Bed connectors - Meandros by Evenplast: https://1clickconnector.com
Reply 6 years ago
They are bed frame connectors made in Greece (see http://www.evenplast.gr/products/connection/meandros.aspx#gallery). I've written to the company to check the price and if there is a US supplier.
Reply 6 years ago
There are lots of similar knock down bed connectors out there, most made of pressed steel or similar, for about $10 a set. There are some cheap one, asking under $3 a set but want $10 postage; but as you will be buying multiple sets, you could get a deal.
Reply 6 years ago
Oops, forgot to mention, that is on Amazon.