Edward Allen - Carre's Grammar School
Sponsored by The Furniture Makers’ Company
‘Edward is a pleasure to teach and a real asset to the Design and Technology department at Carre’s Grammar School. Edward has always had high aspirations in the subject and can think creatively to solve problems as and when they arise. Edward has impressed teaching staff with his ability to effectively communicate his creative design intentions which is far above the expectations of a GCSE student. Throughout his time at Carre’s Grammar School Edward has shown an adept understanding of workshop practices to create unique practical artefacts. To this end, Edward has deserved to be entered into this competition.’ – Ashley Thomas, Acting Head of Design and Technology
Carre’s Grammar School
‘After having initially designed a product which would serve the purpose of supporting both a guitar and the sheet music, measurements were taken and templates were drawn out on card. These were transferred to board to build up a form for the lamination of the frame and the cupped guitar stand. Several sheets of plywood were glued and bent around the two forms and left to dry. This produced the basis for the first two components. Following this all excess material was removed and holes were drilled in the centre of the guitar stand and the top and bottom of the frame. The upright sander was used to round off the edges to make it more aesthetically pleasing whilst three grades of glass paper were used to finish off the components. Several layers of varnish were applied for protection and to give a more attractive finish.
The music stand itself was built by cutting a 450mmx250mmx5mm acrylic sheet, on a laser cutter. This was then bent 90o in 3 places using a strip heater and a hole was drilled for a knock down fitting.
The neck brace was cast using a solid forex pattern. The metal base was cast using a waste casting method, in which the Styrofoam model was left in and melted once the molten metal was poured in. When cooled the components were removed from the flasks and the runner and riser cut off using a hacksaw. A milling machine was then used to remove any rough surfaces. A second milling machine was used to cut the 12mm slots in the base. Finally the sides were filed and brushed and three grades of wet and dry paper followed by Danish oil, used to give the two components an attractive finish. The legs were drawn onto card to create a template then transferred and cut out of black walnut on a band saw. They were then made level on the bobbin and upright sander.
The Tenon’s were cut into the legs to allow them to go into the slots in the base. Glass paper and varnish was used to produce an attractive, smooth surface and holes were marked and drilled in both the base and the legs. Using a cross head screwdriver, 9mm screws were used to temporarily fix the components together.
Two pre-manufactured metal bosses were used to elevate the music and guitar stands. Threaded bars were used to join: the base, frame, boss and guitar stand and another for the music stand, another boss, neck brace and frame. Knock down fittings were used to hold the bars in place whilst allowing it to be easily dismantled using a hex key, allowing ease of transportation. Foam pads were finally applied around the neck brace and guitar stand, to prevent any damage to the guitar.’ – Edward Allen