Wooden Desk

In my role I am frequently consulted to help people realise a product/service and more often than not a detailed plan for manufacture is lacking.

Naturally, this is very forgiving for young designers without the life experience and skills to execute good design that is well engineered, aesthetically pleasing and environmentally sound.

The Challenge

For this project there were several challenges:

  1. a lack of detailed research concerning wood joinery methods.
  2. a simple cardboard prototype not to scale
  3. a basic sketch without measurements
  4. a tight four day deadline for the final product

The first priority was to help the student develop a deeper understanding of joinery techniques which I did by referencing an illustrated book I keep at hand as well as inspecting some sample joints.

To ensure the correct size and ergonomics, to had the student sit at a variety of tables which where each measured for ideal height. Next a new sketch was developed with the the logical groups of components identified with measurements: surface, frame and legs.


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Replace a broken desk


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“I think if you do something and it turns out pretty good, then you should go do something else wonderful, not dwell on it for too long. Just figure out what’s next.”

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Aaron has a passion for new media and digital story-telling.  He relishes the opportunity to support people with their creative ideas helping to identify the educational merits of technology in order to bring those ideas to life.