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desk tidy project Marina 7.2

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Situation My friend’s birthday is coming up soon and I don’t have much money to buy them a present with. I have noticed that their desk in their bedroom is a terrible mess. They have pens, pencils and rulers everywhere. I have decided to make them a desk tidy using the design and technology workshop.

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Interview client What material will be good enough for making a desk tidy? Wood will be good for a desk tidy because its stronger than other materials such as plastic. What color will look nice to it? I think it depends on the color of their room. Its not going to be nice if the color is too strong. What shape will it be easy to use? Square, because its simple and we can make it stylish if we could. What kind of style will it be comfortable to use? A simple style. How big do you want it to be? As big as a cup. Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Interview summary

From the interview with my client, I now know that she needs a simple and useful desk tidy. Her desk is so messy and she wants her clean desk back by tidying up her stationaries that is all around her desk.

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Brainstorming Style

Desk Tidy


size Wednesday, April 25, 2012




case study Material : Wood Cost : £61.00 Safety : It’s safe because its round and light. Function : To put our pencils. Aesthetics : Simple Environment : Its made of wood so it doesn’t really matter with environment. Size : Short but long. Wednesday, April 25, 2012

case study Material : Plastic Price : £9.99 Safety : It could be safe because its light but it could not be safe because it has a sharp material at the bottom. Function : To put stationaries, tape and some memo papers. Aesthetics : Cute and funny Environment : It doesn’t really matter with environment Size : Not to big, Not too small. Wednesday, April 25, 2012

case study Material : Plastic Cost : $18.16 Function : To put stationaries in one place. Safety : It’s safe, light and useful. Aesthetics : Simple but don’t look so good. Size : Quite big to use. Wednesday, April 25, 2012

material Chipboard



Made from compressed wood chips. Strength varies with density of board. Bonded with resin. Often veneered to improve appearance. Its cheap.

Blocks of cheap wood sandwiched between thin sheets of better quality wood. Very strong.

Made of sawdust, similar to MDF. Smooth on one side and rough on the other. Very cheap

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types of join Butt joint

Mitre joint

A very simple joint but it is also very weak. They tend to be used for making picture frames.

Mitre joints are often used to produce the corners of picture frames. The mitre needs to be cut at a 45 degree angle.

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Mortise and Tenon

This is a very strong joint. The joint is split into two parts one part is the tenon, and the other part is the mortise.

design brief I am going to design and create an nice looking useful desk tidy that can put many stationaries in. This desk tidy will be made in technology workshop and is constructed will be constructed by man made woods. It will take about 3 weeks to make and will have a high quality finish.

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Specification Title

Specification And Why



I am going to use different kinds of man made woods and some paint to make and design this desk tidy.

I will test the wood whether it is light, easy to cut and handle by trying to cut using DT workshop tools.


I am going to finish producing this desk tidy in 3-4weeks including all the steps, investigating, designing, planning, creating, and evaluation

I am really confident that I will be able to complete it until the deadline.


The size of the desk tidy will be as big as enough that most of the stationary could be in.

To test this, I will try to arrange it in my desk and see if it looks good and doesn’t take much space.

Aesthetics (Appearance)

The basic design of the desk tidy To make sure that the desk tidy is simple, won’t be complicated but simple so it I will research for designs and use them will be comfortable to use. as example.


I will try to get rid of the sharp edges and make the desk tidy.

To make sure that the edges are not sharp enough, I will try to touch it and rub it on my finger and see if it gives hurt on me.


The function of this desk tidy is to put our stationaries in and make our desk clean and organized.

Put it on my table and try putting my stationaries in the desk tidy.

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Design 1 Pros : - Safe - Can put many stationaries - Looks good Cons : - Quite hard to make

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Design 2

Pros : - Can be well organize - Good design Cons : - Hard to make

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Design 3 Pros : - Easy to make - Good design - Colorful Cons : - Too colorful

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design 4


Pros : - Good design - Easy to make Cons : - Can’t put many stationaries

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design 5 Pros : - Simple - Easy to take the stationaries - Easy to make Cons : - Too colorful

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design 6 Pros : - Good and interesting design - Includes a lid - Colorful Cons : - Too hard to make it - Have to put the lid on after using it

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Evaluation against specification Specification

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Function Purpose Weight Process and Tools Safety Wednesday, April 25, 2012

design measurement

Front view

Top view

Side view Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Back view

Step by step

Measure and mark the wood first with the ruler which is try square. Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Cut the wood with the saw but make sure that it has the right angle and its straight.

Try Match it first if it fits and looks good.

Step by step

Stick all of the woods using glue gun.



pictures just used for example Wednesday, April 25, 2012

grant chart

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Bibliography Wednesday, April 25, 2012

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