This divider is designed to fit a table fo the the dimensions 24" wide, 1" deep, and 60" in length
attached is an image of the final product and the table that it was designed for
also this design requires the use of a 3D printer, to print the clamps
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Step 1: Materials
The materials needed for this project are
- any type of wood will work, but it will need to be cut very thin. for our actual divider we used a very cheap composite type of wood
- 3D printer
- fabric, and fabric will work, that isnt to sheer, e.x(cheese cloth will not work)
- glue gun
- basic measurement tools (tape measure, ruler, pens pencils etc)
- Saw, handheld is fine, but something like a jigsaw is better.
- Drill, with 2 drill bits 5/32, and 3/16
- 6, 10-32 x3/4 /m4.8 x 19 round combo w/Nut screws
Step 2: Production of the Materials
- take your wood, and cut it to the dimensions 23"1/2 high, by 24 inches wide, and an 8th of an inch thick.
- this may take some time if you have a handheld saw.
- production of the clamps to hold the divider in place.
- These clamps require a 3D printer, and without the printer the clamps cannot be made
- The solidworks files for each clamp can be found here
Step 3: Production of the Clamps
in this step both clamps will be printed.
- The first clamp, the smaller of the two, we will call it the inferior clamp, attaches to the side of the table and makes it so that the actual divider cannot move left or right
- 2 of these will need to be printed
The next clamp is the superior clamp, and is used to hold the divider in place, so that it doesn't fall over.
- this clamp has 3 holes, where 3 screws and 3 bolts will need to be placed to hold the clamps and the actual divider together
- 2 of these clamps will need to be manufactured as well.
Step 4: Touching Up of the Clamps
- Due to the fact that 3D printers aren't perfect, the holes for the screws in the superior clamps aren't completely circular, and may need to be enlarged with a drill.
- if they are two small which naturally they should be, first your going to need to grab the drill and the 5/32 drill bit. enlarge the holes with this drill bit, and then switch over to the larger of the two drill bits the 3/16. gradually enlarge the holes, but go slowly and carefully, so that the plastic doesn't crack.
- also some parts may need to be sanded down. particularly on the inferior clamp. we suggest that you print the inferior clamps with the backside on the printing stand and the two prongs facing up to minimize any irregularities in the printing. if something does go wrong for example the clamp shown below, simply sand any extra down, or if need be just print another clamp.
Step 5: Finishing Up Manufacturing
Once the clamps have been polished up, the composite wood will need have holes drilled into for the screws
- using the clamp, mark the 2 spots on the board where the screws will go. each clamp should go on either side, and different faces of the divider. the end product should look something like the picture.
- the holes should be drilled using a 3/16 drill bit, on the marked holes
- disregard the holes in the middle those were the result of a design fault, and should not be there
Step 6: Assembly and Finished Product
now its time to assemble the finished product.
- first the two superior clamps need to be fitted on and then secured with the screws.
- once the superior clamps are secure simply slide on the inferior clamps and secure to the table
Note: we added simple fabric pockets for a bit of style and functionality. these are optional and not essential to the build, but add a little to it.