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SCRAP Humboldt upcycled checkout desk

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Abstract[edit]

Project Poster

The objective of Team Checkout Us was to build a desk for the SCRAP Humboldt nonprofit to compliment their new location on H and G Streets in Arcata. The client wanted the desk to inspire customers that enter the shop to start their own creative upcycling projects. The desk needed to be aesthetically pleasing, as well as have plenty of storage and other essential components allowing the cashier to go about daily business of running the store.

Background[edit]

Team Checkout Us consists of three Humboldt State University students unrolled in the Spring 2012 ENGR 215 Introduction to Design class. The client was SCRAP Humboldt; a non-profit whose objective is to remove interesting and useful items from the waste stream for reuse, either in an artistic, or useful fashion. SCRAP Humboldt was in need of an aesthetically pleasing checkout desk in their new location that would compliment their new space, as well as act as an inspiration for others to reuse material in their own creative projects.

Problem statement and criteria[edit]

The SCRAP Humboldt Initiative did not have an aesthetically pleasing UpCycled checkout desk for their new storefront.

Criteria Weight(1-10) Description
Functionality 10 The desk must be able to store money and other items essential to SCRAP Humboldt.
Durability 8 The desk must be able to stand up to wear and tear from day to day operations.
Creativity 8 The desk must inspire people to build their own upcycled furniture.
Aesthetics 7 The desk must be attractive, showing that up cycled materials can be used to make an effective and attractive piece of furniture.
Safety 5 The desk does not need to be completely child proof, but should be safe enough for children to be proximal.
Weight 4 The desk should be able to be moved by 2-4 people if the company wishes to remodel.
Cost 2 The desk must come under the budget of $350.


Description of Final Design[edit]

Complete Simp-L checkout desk

This is the final desk built by Team Checkout Us. It has two sides with separate purposes for SCRAP Humboldt. The long side is meant to be used as the cashiering side, where the client will place the cash register and take care of transactions. The short side of the desk is used for the measurement of large bolts of cloth, or paper. The desk also features interior storage in the form of two drawers, one with a lock for the storage of valuables or money. The drawers are featured in the How to Build Section below.

Costs[edit]

Item Retail Cost ($) Team Cost ($)
Large Particle Board Planks 120.00 Donated
Particle Board Counter Top 100.00 Donated
Particle Board Scraps 40.00 Donated
Orange YOLO Paint 35.00 Donated
Misc. Screws and Hardware 30.00 Donated
Wood Glue (x2) 16.00 8.00
HSU Wood Siding 15.00 Donated
Tile Grout 10.00 10.00
Wood Biscuits 10.00 Donated
Wood Shelfing 10.00 Donated
Misc. Tile 10.00 Donated
Gorilla Glue 8.00 Donated
Bamboo 5.00 Donated
In-drawer Lock 5.00 Donated
Wooden Drawers 5.00 Donated
Binders 3.00 Donated
CD's 1.00 Donated
Vinyl Records 1.00 Donated
Patron Tequila Corks (x2) 0.50 Donated
Total $424.50 $18.00

Testing Results[edit]

The Simp-L checkout desk built for SCRAP Humboldt fit the criteria set for it very well. It was durable enough to stand up to daily use and had the necessary storage needed to store cash and other accoutrements needed for day to day business. It was also aesthetically pleasing enough to hopefully inspire customers to do their own creative reuse projects.

How to build[edit]

Due to the fact that the desk was made out of found wood, our team had trouble finding large pieces of wood for the desk. So our group had to use creative forms of joining to make larger boards of wood. After constructing our large pieces of wood, we laid out a plan to design the creative reuse panels. Each panel was featuring a different material that could be used for reuse. The panels are featured below in a gallery.

Panels Being Made before upcycled materials put in  
Old Records, joined on with Gorilla, and hot glue  
Old CD's and binders for storage, attached with hot glue and gorilla glue  
Old tile broken up, attached with Mastick and grouted together  
Scrap wood Gorilla Glued to panel  
Bamboo wood glued on. YOLO Orange paint background  

We also added interior storage to desk for valuables and money. We salvaged old drawers from broken dressers, and made a carcass to mount the drawers on to the desk. We also took old counter tops and mounted them on the outside to give SCRAP Humboldt some outer display areas.

Storage for money and other items important to the cashier  
Display area for items  

Discussion and next steps[edit]

  • Install the desk in SCRAP Humboldt's new location
  • Inspire customers to do their own creative reuse projects

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