Introduction: OpenBridge - Goods for Free

OpenBridge is an industrial design project of Robin Weidner and Jonas Voigt, exchange students at Emily Carr. It uses very little material and many different variations of it could be made depending on the choice of material. The basic use of the OpenBridge is to hang it off your picket-fence or mail-box or tree-branch and to put things on it that you are no longer in need of. The essence of it being that one man's trash is another man's treasure. So by having space that is clearly earmarked for reusable/recyclable material less trash ends up in the landfill. The OpenBridge can also be used for placing recyclable material that Binners' can pickup and and return at recycling depots earn a living off of.

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Step 1: Gather the Material Required

Material required

  1. Pallet Wood (440mmX100mm) X4
  2. Rope 1,3m + Rope 3.7m
  3. Pallet Wood (440mmX20mm) X2 - Optional (only required for the straight OpenBridge Version)

Step 2: Gather the Equipment Required

Equipment Required

  1. Saw
  2. Drill
  3. Measuring Tape
  4. Pencil
  5. Scissors (something to cut rope with)
  6. Sandpaper (optional)

Step 3: Saw the Pallet Wood Into the Correct Lengths

Measure the wood. Mark the right lengths with a pencil. Then cut the wood with a saw.

4 pallet pieces with dimensions of 440mmX100mm

For the straight OpenBridge:

2 pallet pieces with dimensions of 20mmX100mm

Step 4: Cut Rope Into the Correct Lengths

Measure rope. Cut Rope.

Need two pieces. One 1.3 meters in length and another piece with 3.7 meters.

Tweaks: The rope can be replaced with tough cloth (jean material) or leather, string or higher gauge wire.

Step 5: Drill Holes Into the 4 Wood Pieces

You want eight holes on each plank of wood.

It might be beneficial to line up all four pieces and ensure that the holes end up being lined up as well.

If not you will end up with the edges being a little crooked between the planks of wood.

Step 6: String the Rope Through the Holes.

1. Use the smaller (1.3m) rope to string the right set of holes with the 20mm wood block underneath to provide rigidity.

2. Use the longer (3.7m) rope to string the left set of holes with another 20mm block underneath to provide rigidity and have a hanging bit to hang on fences.

Step 7: Hang It on Your Front Fence

Video Guide through all the steps.

Step 8: Variations: Possible Variations on the Same Theme

There are many variations that can be made to this project to make a unique one off.

The first method is to use slightly different material or to treat the material to make it different. Since there are only two materials used (pallet wood and rope) you can think of several substitutions. For example varnished wood. Or using leather or jean cloth instead of rope.

The second option is to create structural changes that will allow you to hang the OpenBridge in different environments. For example a centered mount instead of a decentered mount.

A third option is to increase space for unwanted goods to be donatable. The increased space can come from a hanging fabric add-on or a multi-layer openbridge. And by having multiple layers you also create a rain cover for the goods so that they do not get wet during inclement weather.

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