Space Frame Stools BWarDesign.

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Space Frame Stools BWarDesign. by bwardesign Oct 22, 2012


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This is stool designed and made in a fablab, for fablabs around the world and anyone else who wants to make it! The design was inspired by the frames on space pods and probes from nasa and the framework that is visible on most space related equipment.
I drew a lot of inspiration from Gustav Düsing's chair and his research work, which is fascinating.
The stool was designed through a furniture brief at university to design a piece of furniture that is designed for a fablab and to be made in a fablab.

Check out my blog on the design process bwardfurniture.posterous.com


Use 18mm plywood!
you can fit four stools two small two big out of a piece of 1200x2400 ply.

Depending on the grade of ply you use the supports may/may not be needed (up to you!)

once the ply has been cut slot together the two main pieces until the four legs sit flush on the ground.
Place the 8 tabs on the top of the frame and slot the top four surface pieces into the tabs, use a rubber mallet and a spare bit of wood to bash down until there is a nice snug fit.

If wanting to make and apply supports, cut out on a water jet or plasma cutter.
I used 2mm mild steel and painted the metal to ensure it wouldn't rust.

Once cut bend top supports to a 45 degree angle inwards on each edge as shown.

lower foot supports:
bend the long edge first! bend the longer edge downwards 90 degrees and then bend the screw attachments upwards for ease of access when fastening.

to fasten: go and buy some fasteners, nuts and bolts, I wanted to keep the same nuts on the ends of the fasteners so I cut down threaded rod to size and applied dome nuts to each end for aesthetic value.

If you have any problems understanding the assembly consult the assembly instructions booklet that I made!!

hope you enjoy!!

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Awesome project
I can not open the "support" file.
Can you re-upload?

your stools are fantastic... I am cutting one today.

I cannot see the assembly instruction booklet? where can I find it?

I cannot see the assembly instruction booklet? where can I find it?

I don't see the mentioned assembly instructions booklet. 

sorry it is there now!