Project:Lockers

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building lockers for our members

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Status: in progress
Release Date: Oct 2017
Initiator: Lukas, Ciaran, Patrick, Mitja
Team: Ed, Moritz, Michael
Materials Used: plywood ("Elliotis pine"), wood screws,
piano hinges, brackets
Tools Used: circular saw, table saw, smoothing plane,
sandpaper, cordless drill, surform plane,
rasps, Japanese saw, router
Software Used: SketchUp


We are building a bunch of lockers for our common room! Design files created with SketchUp "Make" can be found here and are released under the Creative Commons "Attribution - Share Alike - Non-Commercial" license.

V1

three lockers across, two up for a total of six per unit

The first prototype ("v1") consists of six lockers arranged in a 3 × 2 pattern, all in one frame. The doors are held in place with piano hinges.

This way, we needed rather few individual boards (although pretty large) and got pretty close to the minimum amount of wood needed for lockers this size.

shortcomings:

  • cleats holding the floors waste a bit of space
  • floors need to be secured from top and bottom to avoid tampering
  • warping during the build, hard to get right angles

Notes on Construction

The doors should be hung once everything else is in place as the long boards used tend to shift throughout the build. It also turned out that calculated sizes do not always work out as the thickness of the plywood sheets varies by up to 2 mm.


V2

Moritz gave some advice for the second unit so the wood would warp less and screws would be used in alternating directions, increasing strength.

We also made corner clamping jigs for this build which really helped with getting all the angles right (ba-dumm tsss...)

improvements:

  • boards should pull themselves more straight
  • same material consumption as v1, just a smarter arrangement
  • more rigid and accurate framework
  • fewer cleats needed to hold the floors

shortcomings:

  • cleats holding the floors waste a bit of space (less than v1, though)
  • some floors need to be secured from top and bottom to avoid tampering(?)
  • floors are not easily removed in case someone wants a double-height locker


V3

The third unit was completely designed by Moritz and is raised a bit above the ground to eliminate the danger of a swollen bottom board (due to water from cleaning, for example) that would block the doors.

Another improvement was supposed to be the use of pot hinges rather than piano hinges, but we realized too late that those would have required larger doors. As the doors had already been cut and prepared, we used piano hinges again.

The door edges were nicely rounded over with a router this time, instead of the simple plane chamfer we made on v1 and v2.

pro:

  • raised off the ground, smaller area of contact

shortcomings:

  • cleats holding the floors waste a bit of space (less than v1, though)
  • some floors need to be secured from top and bottom to avoid tampering(?)
  • floors are not easily removed in case someone wants a double-height locker
  • still no fancy pot hinges


Latch Hardware

Locking is possible by connecting the holes of a bracket and a matching piece of flat steel, e.g. with a padlock. Members can of course get creative and operate their locker with any number of over-engineered fancy setups ;-)

Hinges

We originally avoided pot hinges due to their cost but it turns out we just didn't look hard enough!

These may be an option for a future version: (Hornbach) - we have them at the Space.