Workshop results

For two, short (and bloody hot) days in April, a small group of students from TUDelft took the opportunity to take some trash, use my tools and meet the upcycle challenge.

It's not easy to be put on the spot, get some material handed to you, conceive a plan, using only that, and then build it. With little or no experience. While sleep deprived from previous deadlines and while mulling over the next.

Here are some of the results. Chapeau!

With special thanks to Ikea Heerlen, who have donated much of the material shown here. Ikea connaisseurs might be able to recognize the origins!

Dinner table

The living room is equipped with a few basics. Like a dinner table with stools and a lamp. The table is made of 70x190mm construction beams. This is an example of re-using material by treating it as a bare resource. Reshaping it completely.

The stools are made of 18mm multiply. And used as such, in its existing shape, to create something new and different.

The lamp consists of a metal pipe, some electrical wire and a lamp fitting. An A3 paper folded around the lamp is held on by clamping it with take-away chopsticks.

 

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Wardrobe

In the bedroom, a wardrobe was created from kitchen cabinets and two wardrobes from the flat that is the origin of the entire project. The kitchen cabinets are rotated to lay flat and given a door or drawers. The hinges and drawer slides were taken from the original kitchen. The fronts consist of multiply from an exposition wall. The many layers of different colour paint that have accumulated over years of expositions are revealed by sanding unevenly. The source of this material is Buurman.

A mirror in a picture frame occupies a nook.

Come to think of it, it's a lot Bruynzeel originals put together in an unusual way

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Stools

With the Klushuis project concluded it's time to catch up by sharing some results.

For some simple seating, I combined some multiply flooring with a memory of the AA Stool designed by Torafu architects. This stool is much less sophisticated in form and materialisation. But the dimensions were carefully chosen to make the most of the available material and provide a comfortable seat.

 

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 The stools can work together to form a larger seat.

The stools can work together to form a larger seat.

 What I hadn't anticipated was how different the space around a table is when there are no backrests surrounding it. It makes the dinner table much less formal and the dining area much less delineated. It shouldn't be surprising, but I never gave it much thought until confronted by it.

What I hadn't anticipated was how different the space around a table is when there are no backrests surrounding it. It makes the dinner table much less formal and the dining area much less delineated. It shouldn't be surprising, but I never gave it much thought until confronted by it.

Everywhere, non stop

Placed the carpet today and the laminate flooring. Kitchen remains to be done.

Then continued in the office workshop for an evening session. A productive one. Shaped the table top, finished sanding the legs and made domino connections in the stools to attach the seat  and fix some alignment issues. Got to love the domino and it's reference pins!

 cutting rough outline.

cutting rough outline.

 route the edge to copy the jig. Then route chamfers top and bottom by following the resulting outline. Large 45° at the bottom, small round at the top edge.

route the edge to copy the jig. Then route chamfers top and bottom by following the resulting outline. Large 45° at the bottom, small round at the top edge.

 Sanding the legs. The rotex 90 was out of it's element on the surface of the table top. Embarrassed, but brave. But on the table legs is where it shines.

Sanding the legs. The rotex 90 was out of it's element on the surface of the table top. Embarrassed, but brave. But on the table legs is where it shines.

 Mortice in the stool. Btw, every shirt should come with this extra ventilation!

Mortice in the stool. Btw, every shirt should come with this extra ventilation!

 Mortice in the seat...

Mortice in the seat...

 More sanding to do... All credits and gratitude to original designer, whoever she/he is.

More sanding to do... All credits and gratitude to original designer, whoever she/he is.

 And time to move everything again. Through a maze of hallways, stairs, galleries, buildings, in and out of the car. Every door with a door closer that resembles a bear trap. Every gallery with hurdles for doorsteps. Streets paved like giant cheese graters. It's insanity!

And time to move everything again. Through a maze of hallways, stairs, galleries, buildings, in and out of the car. Every door with a door closer that resembles a bear trap. Every gallery with hurdles for doorsteps. Streets paved like giant cheese graters. It's insanity!

move, cut, move, sand, move, finish, keep moving

Even when there are few errands to run and it looks like a straightforward day of production, I still spend most of my time moving about. It is just impossible to gain any momentum. At all.

win some, lose some

Collected material for the wardrobe fronts at Buurman today. So far my relationship with Buurman has been somewhat rough. First time, my job application was rejected, second time I left needing stitches to my ear and today I drove 200km only to find out the material I'd ordered wasn't there. But in the end, every visit ends with a smile, because everything works out in the end. One way or another.

Then got some used carpet from Mundiat in Kelpen.

 

 win some....

win some....

 ... lose some...

... lose some...

Previously, this week, I've been assembling more parts of the dinner table.

 Monday the fabrication of stools started. As well as making standard kitchen cupboards narrower than they normally are. Because for some unimaginable reason the architect of this building made everything off standard. !@#$%^&* 

Monday the fabrication of stools started. As well as making standard kitchen cupboards narrower than they normally are. Because for some unimaginable reason the architect of this building made everything off standard. !@#$%^&* 

Workshop day 2

Started early to deal with the sunniest April weekend ever. Much work has been done. In a more or less organized chaos. Six projects completed. And many firsts conquered!

 

 

Workshop day 1

Super sunny day with much energy and discovery. Very impressed with the students' speed of decision making and the willingness to go all in on something so unfamiliar. 

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Table top final glue up

Thanks to the clamps provided by Tim Stoot of Tim's meubels, I managed to speed things up a lot.

Transition from kitchen to wardrobe

Preparing standard kitchen blocks to accommodate drawers. The table glue-up could really benefit from more and larger clamps.

Parts for table legs

This weekend I produced wood dust and also assisted in the assembly of a neighbours' wardrobe. Interesting modern furniture joinery. From a time when a hand screwdriver was modern. And, completely unexpectedly, came home from a visit to Köln with mattresses, rugs and missing parts to complete a bed. And most importantly insight and ideas. Unfortunately, didn't find extra time. Advice on where to find extra time lying idle, please let me know!

Tafelblad

Vandaag hout gezaagd voor tafelblad en voor kapstok en plankjes. Bezoek gehad, op bezoek geweest en begonnen aan constructie van het tafelblad.

Én sleutel carbon6 in ontvangst genomen. Dus kan het feest op zaterdag gewoon verder! 

Zagen

Onderdelen voor tafel en lades. Blij dat Grausbouw zo gastvrij is!

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Niet te onderschatten onderdeel van de dag. 1 brander, 1 mes, 1 plank, 1 kom, 1 bord, 1 ...

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ontbijt

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middageten

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avondeten

Badkamer werkblad

Een werkblad voor de badkamer. Plek voor wasmachine en droger of wasmachine en kastje onder een werkblad. Dan vallen er minder sokken tussen de machine en de muur. Er is ruimte aan de achterkant om alle aansluitingen te laten passeren.

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Dumpster diving

Graven in containers, begint een beetje saai te worden. Gelukkig begin gemaakt met iets maken. Een simpel begin.

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Omdat ik zo vaak nét achter het net vis, probeer ik het slopen voor te blijven met wat inside info...

 want dit is te laat!

want dit is te laat!

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Omweg

Tafelbladen uit EU kantoor Brussel, via Rotterdam, naar Heerlen. Met dank aan Buurman, een collectieve werkplaats en tweedehands bouwmaterialen handel in Rotterdam.

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 Wat zeggen ze ook alweer over klussen? 'Bloed, zweet en tranen' Eerste twee: check. Laat die derde maar zitten...

Wat zeggen ze ook alweer over klussen? 'Bloed, zweet en tranen' Eerste twee: check. Laat die derde maar zitten...

Struinen

Het begint vreemd te voelen om de hele dag in verlaten gebouwen te struinen. Het is gek om toegang te hebben tot elke woning in een hele flat. Je stapt steeds binnen in de geschiedenis van een ander leven. Maar de sporen verschillen niet veel van elkaar. Daarbij, het meest persoonlijke neemt men mee. En het betonnen casco neemt geen sporen in zich op. Dus wat overblijft is de indruk dat iedereen hetzelfde is.

 Behalve dat sommige mensen wat verder gaan in het versieren van hun betonhok.

Behalve dat sommige mensen wat verder gaan in het versieren van hun betonhok.

 Before:

Before:

 After.

After.

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