CONSTRUCTION DAY 14 & 15

Last days involve lacquer, screws, color and watching your kitchen come together!

First step. Using a water based lacquer apply to coats on your sanded surfaces. Water base lacquer works extremely fast, so you just need half an hour in between the layers.

Second step. After the lacquer is dry, you can sand just a little to obtain a clean smooth surface. Now is time to attach all of the metal parts. For this, you will need 4x16 screws, a lot of patience and a screwdriver. Using the plans as a guide, make sure all measurements are accurate before drilling the wood.

 The result!

The result!

CONSTRUCTION DAY 13

Magnets and joining parts!

Most of the pieces are almost ready now its time to join them together.

Before this, the legs need to have the magnets secured in order to bend 90 degrees. The magnets bought are screw-on from supermagnete. The following video and pictures will show you how to attach them to the legs.

After the legs were done, it was time to start joining wood and metal parts together. All parts most be sanded so the lacquer can be applied. 

CONSTRUCTION DAY 11 & 12

Hinges and color!

Construction Day 11 was wood workshop day. It was all about getting the hinges in the right spot. The hinges we are using are brass ones with a measurement of 40x50 cm. I found them at Breur. The first step is to mark them with a pencil and remove the thickness from the wood piece. Second step is to carefully drill them with small screws. Third step is to attach them to the door or lid using the drill again. 

On this day I also made the front parts of the drawers. It is very easy to attach them to the base using a Lamelo machine.  I used Wood Biscuits number 20 to glue both parts together. After applying wood, it is important to apply pressure with clamps with a 90 degree precision.

Construction day 12 was about painting the metal parts. It works on 3 steps: 

1. With a thin wire make a hanger for each of the pieces. Make sure to cover your area with cardboard or newspaper.

2. Apply the primer and let it dry for 30 minutes.

3. Apply the color paint and let them dry for 30 minutes. 

 

 

 

CONSTRUCTION DAY 10

Day 10 was about making the final touches to the metal parts. After all the pieces are ready (drilled and sanded) it is time to apply the paint.

It is important to remove all rust with sandpaper before spraying paint on a metal surface. After this, use a grease cutting cleaner to remove all accumulated grease. First apply one layer of primer on the metal parts, and then carefully apply the color layer. Let them dry in a safe place for approximately 1 hour.

CONSTRUCTION DAY 8 & 9

It is time to leave wood construction on pause for a while in order to finish all the details in steel.

First step. In order to weld the hinges to the legs, its important to drill two holes on each piece. To make things more accurate, I made a mold to mark the center before drilling. After having the hole ready, welding becomes much easier.

Second Step. It is important to make accurate brackets to connect the metal parts to the wood. The ideal measurement is a corner 90 degree bracket of 2x2 cm. First, using the metal saw, I cut the 40 units we need. After this, I marked where the hole should go, just as I did with the legs. With the center marked, using the drill becomes pretty accurate. After having drilled all 40 units, I proceed to weld the brackets in the steel bars.

 

 

SHOPPING DAY!

Even though it is a DIY PROJECT, some shopping is involved to make it a complete equipped functional kitchen. The shopping list includes:

- 2 induction hobs from IKEA. It contains many effective characteristics, but being affordable, functional and energy efficient are most important!

- 1 mini fridge obtained through Commodity Market on Facebook. It was only 30 Euros and it is on excellent conditions.

- Paint. Paint is one of the most important aspects of this project since it contains an important meaning. The chosen color is exactly the same one as one of the models of the revolutionary Frankfurt kitchen designed in 1926 by Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky. It became the first well known model of the built-in kitchen that is now prevalent in the western world. Since it was a milestone in the history of the layout of the domestic space, I decided to use its color as a tribute. The liberation of the kitchen project is a contemporary revolution that attempts to do what the Frankfurt did in its time.

All the metal parts will be painted on this color scheme. I bought 3 cans of spray paint with following the NCS code: S2040B10G NCS (The NCS standard is unique because it is based entirely on the perception of colors (how eyes naturally see red, yellow, blue, green, white, and black). Don´t forget to buy 2 cans of primer. 

For the wood, I will be using water sealed lacquer with a satin finish. Don´t forget to buy a paint roller and other painting accessories!

-Casters. The wheels are an extremely important item of this project. One of the main specifications is that they should fit the 2x2 cm steel tube. Luckily there is a wide variety. The ones I chose are these ones, which can hold up until 35 KG. Also their size is very convenient since they shouldn't exceed 5 cm of height. 

- And the final purchase was the garden hose. I bought 5 meters of hose, and in the same shop you can easily find the rest of accesories to create the ball valve faucet.

 

 

 

CONSTRUCTION DAY 7

On day 7 everything is starting to take shape. After having all the pieces of wood with the final details, it was possible to attach them with a staple gun. While using the staple gun, is important to mark the exact position where the staple should go, to have a cleaner look.

CONSTRUCTION DAY 5 & 6

Over the weekend I had the time to search for the perfect compliments for liberating the kitchen. The first finding was a metal box that will be used as the sink. I found it in Flying Tiger. You can use any container as long as it fits in a space of 28 cm x 34 cm (DXW). The height should not surpass 20 cm. In this case the box has 15 cm of height. The second finding were the perfect flower pots, that will be used not only to grow basic ingredients, but will also help with other functions such as soap holder and garbage container. I chose white flower pots at Dille & Kamille, since they had the perfect size: height of 8.5 cm and a diameter of 11 cm.

Day 5 and 6 were all about details in wood and metal. Using a router machine it was possible to make a small subtraction in the wood to fit the cutting board which only has 1 mm of thickness and the holes to hold the flower pots. With the same machine I was able to cut the hole to fit the sink.

On the metal workshop using a welding machine, I was possible to connect some support structure with a clean and polished finish obtained with the sanding machine.

HOW TO MAKE THE GARBAGE UNITS

The garbage units are mean to be able to recycle by separating disposals in three sections:

  • Food waste
  • Paper
  • Plastics

Of course you can use this units not only for the disposals of food preparation, but of any other activity within the domestic space. The only things needed to make living green easier are:

  • 3 flower pot cut on half. I used these ones from Dille & Kamille.
  • 1 hand metal saw
  • 1 sewing kit
  • 1 FRAKTA IKEA shopping bag
  • 1 pair of scissors
  • Double side tape
  • 1 ruler

The first step is to cut the flower pots in half with the metal saw. I used a clamp to make it easier. Slowly move the metal saw back and forth until they become unattached. Repeat the same process on the other flower pots.

The second step is to cut the IKEA bag in three sections of 45 cm x 35.

With the double side tape, attach the top part of the IKEA bag into the flower put, and then sew by hand the two pieces together. A longer stitch length is recommended, since a short stitch can weaken the vinyl and it could rip between the stitches. Using the flower put as a stencil, cut a circumference and then sew it together to the first part.

CONSTRUCTION DAY 3 & 4

On day 3 and 4 things started to get in shape! 

Day 3 consisted mainly in cutting the pieces on wood. The blueprints come in an order that optimizes the cutting process by placing pieces of the same size next to each other. When cutting wood is important to take into account every milimeter in order to obtain precision and a successful outcome.

For cutting the wood a professional wood cutting machine was employed. 45ª degree angles were introduced in the corners to obtain a cleaner look. Before joining the pieces together it was important to obtain a smooth surface which was possible with a sanding machine.

Different procedures for joining the pieces were put into experimentation. The most successful result was obtained with a wood staple gun which drives 7/16-inch crown staples from 1-2inch in length. I was pleasantly surprised with how easy it is to handle this machine. A good option would be to rent one, since now a days there are so many resources available that facilitate a collaborative consumption of goods.

 

TOOLS

-Plywood of 18 mm

-Wood glue

-Wood cutting machine

-Sanding machine

-Wood staple gun

-1 tape measure

-1 ruler and pencil

-Steel cutting machine

*You are building at your own risk and you should have an understanding of general building before you attempt to build.  As you build, contribute to our community by sharing your progress, ideas and pictures to the site or social media with the hashtag #Liberationofthekitchen

Construction Day 2

17/05/2017

Today was all about steel.

Before heading to the metal workshop, I visited a local hardware store to find the correct hinges for the drawers. In the images you can find the ideal hinge.

Complementing the plywood parts, steel components are an addition that not only allows stability and structure, but also adds aesthetic values. Before starting to cut it is really important to have in hand all of the measurements (which you can find on the blueprints) so the cutting process can be done more efficiently.  

The steel parts used are:  20 x 20 mm square tube and 24 x 24 mm square tubes. All you need is a cutting machine that allows 90º and 45º cuts into the steel.

TOOLS

-3 units of 0.02x0.02x3 m square steel tube

-1 unit of 0.024x0.024x3 m square steel tube

-1 tape measure

-1 ruler and pencil

-Steel cutting machine

*You are building at your own risk and you should have an understanding of general building before you attempt to build.  As you build, contribute to our community by sharing your progress, ideas and pictures to the site or social media with the hashtag #Liberationofthekitchen

 

CONSTRUCTION DAY 1

16/05/2017

After many days of designing, today was the official day of the beginning of the construction! On this blog, I will be sharing the most important insights in the process of building the liberated kitchen.

The first step was to make sure there was enough material in the storehouse so the process could be more efficient. The materials being used are meant to be accesible and not to hard to find: plywood, steel tubes and easy to use machines. One of the premises of the project is to engage with conventional and common resources to make it possible to engage with a larger audience. It also allows the personification of it, according to the lifestyle of each user.

The main material to liberate the kitchen is 18 mm plywood, which usually is found in a size of 2.44 x 1 .22 m. According to today´s calculations, 7 planks of plywood are enough for the complete construction. 

I will begin with module # 1 , which includes the area for the cooktops and storage for appliances. Since three of the components of module # 1 are the same size, it saves time and material to do them simultaneously.

As intimidating as working with wood for beginners the most important is to just get started. It is rare for this time, in the era of convenience and instant gratification, where everything is ready for us to take amongst the thousands of options available, to engage ourselves to build our own furniture. One of the many impetus of this project us to reengage people with physical products by making this project by themselves. With advances in technology, machines become more user friendly and offer infinite possibilities for non experts presenting the opportunity to reevaluate and examine the concepts of craftsmanship.  

TOOLS

- Wood cutting machine

- Sanding paper and sander

- Drill for 0.45 m holes

-Wood Router

- Tape measure

WORDS OF THE DAY: Precision, attention to details, M-O-T-I-V-A-T-I-O-N

*You are building at your own risk and you should have an understanding of general building before you attempt to build.  As you build, contribute to our community by sharing your progress, ideas and pictures to the site or social media with the hashtag #Liberationofthekitchen