Product Name: Unox Furniture System [Formerly: Long Boxes Concept]
In what way might we use furniture to utilize space efficiently in a small room.
[needs in bold are primary or key needs]
The unit stores items
The unit stores books
The unit makes effective use of space
The unit is modular
The unit is easily moved
The unit is safe
The unit is renter friendly
The unit is easily assembled and disassembled
The unit functions as a table
The unit is attractive
The unit is not cost-prohibitive
Look at it!
[Keep in mind, this beta will ultimately form the bookcase/desk unit described previously, using many more of these units than what is shown here]
This video pretty much sums up all the points. Hence it being an “Overview”
Vertical Stacking. So far so good.
This is to show the side-to-side connection that is used to stabilize the “towers”, or vertically stacked units. It makes a solid connection.
Whoa, what?! Simple physics and a visual aesthetic that I did not intend. Me like. As I mentioned in the video, I have seen professionally designed bookcases that use this “trick” of an offset opening. They were pretty pricy, and not modular. This is an unexpected [though obvious now] outcome that is a definite plus.
Looking good! It held all but one of my test books. And that history textbook is pretty snug if I force it vertical. Ah well, can’t win them all.
Looking good with the alternate display! I’m looking forward to a taller unit that I offset like this.
Wanted give a close up of…oh, shiny!
Felt like it was worth it to show that even with books and tilted (I’m obsessed worry about this thing toppling) it is solid at the joint.
The rabbet joint helped a lot with the structure. Plus you can see a little of the rounded edges.
Just one more with the pivot, for fun.
TL:DR Version (For Course Assessment)
Planning on Changing the Peg arrangement to just the single peg on each panel, to simplify the build process. Going to use slightly smaller dimensions to cut down on cost and waste. Next versions will be sanded much more for a better finish. Want to look into different methods of assembling the boxes, such as glue and other adhesives, and anchors for secure and durable disassembly.
This process has been fun and interesting. Been a little hard on myself, in the sense that this project seems “too basic and simple”, and generally not hard to those I describe it too. But a lot of thought went into each aspect, considering how it would function as a real object. Things like the rounded edges, the specific dimensions for dual sided access, color of the stain, use of the pegs; all were specific decisions based on meeting the user needs listed above. And I came up with 10 different concepts other than this one, all of which meet different needs, before I chose this one.
Why the Unox Furniture System?
Why not? Was thinking of different names after the branding videos, and thought about my love affair with unix/linux. Unix tools are designed to do one thing, and do it well. And when you combine them, you can create just about anything. That pretty much sums up what I had in mind with these boxes. Thus, I decided on the Unox Furniture System. They are a simple design that functions well in its own right, and are combined in many ways to build almost anything. (Still thinking of ways to make a couch or bed frame with them)
Okay, enough rationalizing, lets critique!
One thing I’m definitely changing is the peg arrangement. As noted in the video, the single peg actually works extremely well to secure each unit together, both vertically and horizontally. Thus I plan to put the peg holes in each panel, to give a more uniform appearance, simpler to set up, and offer the added bonus of the pivoted arrangement.
I also plan to use slightly smaller dimensions. This is a huge compromise, given that I wanted to originally have 13-14″ openings on the boxes. Luckily, the bins I plan to use in these will still fit the 11.5″ opening. The primary reason to use smaller dimensions is cost and waste, since anything larger than 11.5″ square would require me to increase it to 16″ openings, which is just too large and not space efficient. My original design with 14″ opening resulted in way too much waste, since it is necessary to buy 4′x8′ plywood sheets to make this cost-effective.
The stain looks good, though I plan to sand them using a belt sander at the shop next time, to make sure they are super smooth. I might do an extra coat or two, for a really nice, glossy finish.
I need to look into different screw or adhesion methods to build the boxes. The screws work, but don’t look great. I could get covers, but I’m also thinking about whether they need to be disassembled. Since each Unox is so light and portable, it may not be necessary (in the case of moving), but with close to 40 of these that I envision, might be a pain to move from house to house :/. Thinking of either anchors or other lock type, though that would increase the cost of each unit. Screw covers would be the most cost effective, if I decide that disassembly wouldn’t be needed.
Adhesive for the joints would be interesting, especially if it allowed for the units to be assembled without tools (requires a drill at the moment). Stacking only requires a smashing device (like a hammer, or large book) to initially insert the pegs, which is pretty much tool free [as was my goal].
The class may be ending, but obviously I’m not done with this project. Two units are hardly a bookcase or a desk, thus I still plan on making many more of these (with changes to realize the possibilities of these units. Any updates will be posted here (and announced on twitter) so go ahead and follow me, if you want updates on this project [or anything else I do].
Thanks for tuning in