Design & Construction by quentin Irvine
© 2009 quentin Irvine
Design & Construction by quentin Irvine

A Desk Slash Table

This project was well trully inspired by the materials that it is built from, which were all found in dumpsters (minus a few nuts and bolts and cable, which were bought new). i think that finding discarded objects that were 1. Free and 2. seemed to good to be simply thrown away was one of the main drivers in my starting to design and make things as a child. And this table is a throw back to that, as more recently i have been designing things which use new materials which can be sustainably farmed and sourced rather than salvaged waste materials which are far from sustainable, and can only be down cycled. But this table is both made from waste and cradle to cradle. The heavy structural stress graded pine which is used in the base is all warped and this is why i found long lengths of it in a dumpster at the hardware store. The fact that it is warped was not of great concern to me seeing that all the joinery was done by hand (not a single power tool has touched the base of this table) and so i could therefore make adjustments in the joints for the imperfections in the timber. The top was made from a bunch of old floorboards that i found in a skip after a bathroom renovation. These riped into thin boards and side laminated to form the top. Also no glue was used in the making of this table, all the joints are reasonably tight and are held together by tensioning cables. The table is entirely dismantable and recyclable and is therefore a total cradle to cradle design solution. i even obsatined from the use of nylock nuts on the all thread, instead using normal nuts and split/spring washers. The table is therefore nothing but timber and steel(with a bit of zinc for galvanising).

The following are some design drawings that were done for this project, but the table which was actually made, turned out quite differently to these. Pictures of the actuall table comming soon.

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© 2009 quentin Irvine