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I’ll try to post a more detailed pictures and follow you up on the steel frames, welding etc
Hey everyone, I’m so sorry for taking this long to reply. Thank you for your kind words.
So a little story behind the conception of this table :
– A group of interior design students approached us for their school project. They wanted to create something from alternative materials that still fall in the ‘sustainable’ category, thus coming to us.
– We had wanted to make a table or shelf from the get go but our equipments are not very supportive. We’ve only been making small things, 15×15 is the biggest flat object we’ve managed to make so far therefore we decided to combine the hexagons. How ? Still unsure at that point.
Of course @chenkus @msnmck . Pretty much the same technique with Dave’s tutorial, collect, sort, shred (cut with scissors in our case 😂) and then melt. Only the difference is, we use a couple of small household ovens instead of the big rotating one. Things like that are not very easily accessible nor affordable here in Indonesia. And because we want people to be able to relate when they try replicating them at home, we use things that are more common to humanity 😉 We have the injection machine but only use it occasionaly.
Back to the table, each hexagon is made with 50gr of PP and melted at 250 celsius. Because we melt them ‘manually’, we have more flexibility with the patterns. We used a sandwich mold for shaping them (3 layers of steel with nuts and bolts in each corner).
The hexagons are then glued to a thin layer of wood underneath to hold them together. That’s for the table top.
It’s not a trade secret @donald , we all got the knowledge for free after all 😊 I’m not an expert in this but I’ll try my best to answer. For the prototype, we used aluminum frames painted in black. Disappointing, I know lol. Yes, it was very wobbly but hey.. it was only a prototype. Bending the alu was just using force and the edge of a very sturdy bench. But when we made the frames with steel, we needed heat and gradual force. I will have to make sure and get back to you on that because I didn’t do it myself (disappointment #2.. sorry).
The leather was sewn together and attached to the body with a nail looking thing (Idk what it’s called but it looks like one of those magnetic bag clasp).
Our technique is very basic but I hope my reply answers some of your questions. If you’re still unclear about several things just ask away. You know where to find me 😉
Thank you @cloemarite . I’ve been making the infamous hexagons (and a few other things) to sell again for a couple of months now, and to promote the awareness as well but questions about the fumes rise up once in a while so I will have to be able to answer it right ? 😅 I also did a bit of a research and read that if we heat them at a whooping 800 degrees higher, the fumes could be transformed into energy, but I guess that’s way larger than home-scaled production. Anyway, thank you for the information everyone!
Hi @amke, @allgood, @cloemarite, thanks for bringing up this topic. I have the same question too, because while we are trying to tackle one issue, are we creating another by polluting the atmosphere with a larger amount of carbon footprint ? It seems like whatever we do is going to harm the planet one way or another.
Anyways, could someone please enlighten us ?
Hi @jims, thank you.
I tried 40min, and kept it in the oven longer if they don’t come out satisfactory, which led to burnt colorations in some parts. The LDPE shopping bags always come out faster and nicer. Anyways, about approaching businesses, that’s a great idea. Thanks! We’re trying to figure out the designs and recycle paper for the packaging if we want to sell. Of course, I mean we’ve been trying to collect materials and encourage ppl to join the cause while setting up a ‘waste collection’ events. I just don’t want to fight with some mugglers/mafia because they think I’m taking their input and decreasing their income from used bottles (we have those kind of ppl here *sigh). BUT, it’s an ongoing process, so I’m sure we’ll find a way to keep everyone happy. Thanks so much for checking out my post and replying. Have a great day!