26 / 12 / 2016 | Videos

Extreme scissor lift shoes


This week’s construction was made up by the animations and in particular the children’s series ‘Inspector Gadget’. There are many times in our lives that we wish that there was a way to reach the highest points on our shelves and furniture at home in order to be able to do our housework properly. Therefore, we decided to experiment a creation that would be able to do that in our workshop. 

This time, our aim was to make shoes that by the pressing of a button, they would be lifted high while pressing the same button again, they would be coming down. Even if the particular aim sounds easy to be achieved, the factors that will make this construction complicated are plenty. 

First of all, the weight of the shoes is one of the main reasons that makes our procedure of creating them difficult as well as the weight of the person that will be lifted to the highest point wearing the shoes. Also, the mechanism that will move the construction and many other factors considered. 

To start with, we made a base made of stainless steel. Then, we made two scissors consisted by 6 pieces each of 30cm. These two scissors were connected by tubes of 8mm thickness made of stainless steel and then they have been made by square tubes of 6mm thickness. Placing the screws of 6mm and the tubes, we made a common scissor of 12cm width. Its height when its parts are united is 12cm while when they are separated is 75cm. The whole construction was conglutinated with tig welder as the particular creation has many small pieces so the detail matters. 

Regarding the inclination and the declination of the scissor we used pistons of compressed air taken by old, office chairs. We placed 2 pistons on each shoe to achieve our goal and lift the loads exerted successfully. Thus, while pressing the buttons the shoe is going up if the individual does not exert his whole weight on the one shoe. When the buttons are released, the piston does not move backwards so the shoe supports the whole load. After, when the user wants to go down, he exerts his whole weight on the one shoe pressing the buttons of the pistons so the shoe goes down and the same procedure is followed with the other pair as well. 

On the top of our construction, we screwed two old shoes for security matters and these shoes have an iron, metal plate inside their sole that makes them very stable. We also used 5 springs in each shoe to empower the move of our scissors and to achieve a more stable and smooth movement. 

After all these efforts, our experiment reached the final stage of trials. Wearing the particular shoes, we tried to be lifted using one foot each time which is the safest way in order to avoid instabilities. However, we also tried to make a saltation in order to open both shoes simultaneously. Although, this is a more dangerous way to lift up, it is the most impressive way to do so. Then, we tried to make some steps which is very hard to be achieved as the weight of the shoes is heavy enough. We also used them in multiple tasks with a great success such as to change the lamp, to polish some high points, to clean a tall car and to cut fruits from a tree so we enjoyed using our creation. 

Our primary aim was achieved as we brought to life one of our childhood’s fantasies. To use it securely though, the shoes should be made by more stable materials like carbon fiber and having a bigger basis to support them.

However, we are glad to have these unusual shoes in our house’s decoration and maybe we will use them for a housework in case we don’t have any other alternatives. The same mechanism used for the shoes was also used for many other constructions such as the briefcase table.
 
Finally, what we keep completing this experiment is the knowledge that we acquired as well as every great moment that we had making this construction.


































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19 / 12 / 2016 | Videos

Dining Table 2


We had the opportunity to make another dining table in order to satisfy a good friend’s request to create one for him by giving us a very beautiful piece of wood. The particular piece of wood has an irregular shape as it is a horizontal slice taken by an IROKO tree. Not only its irregular shape but also the shades of the internal tree bark make the surface of our wooden table look incredibly beautiful.

Measuring the width from the edges of the wooden piece, we made two metallic frames of 68cm height and their width is equal to the wooden surface. For the making of this metallic framework, we used a blade of 10mm thickness and 10cm width. These two frames were connected with a metallic blade in order to have a stable base as well as a stable table. Therefore, we punctured the metallic frames in various points besides the central point so that when the wood would be screwed the table would become much more stable. The width of the table is about 85cm and its length is 240cm while its height is 75cm

Moreover, under the metallic points that touch the ground, we placed soft floor mats in order to avoid damaging the table or the floor by its use. The final touch of our metallic framework was made after we had painted all the metallic points with wheat and then with lead. 

After we had perfectly rubbed the whole wooden surface with a belt sander, then with an orbit sander and afterwards with a finishing sander with sandpapers of 40 grit, 160 grit and 240 grit, we managed to have a very smooth surface that was painted with satin varnish twice. 

In conclusion, combining the framework in mat lead colour with the satin varnish that was used to paint the wood, we have reached an outstanding outcome. Finally, another great touch on our table is our logo that was made with our handmade pyrographer, which electrically heats the logo of the ‘make it extreme’ team and shapes it on the surface in a magical way!
























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