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    Talking I designed a side table to help aid in making our lifes alittle easier.

    And hopefully something that looks good too!

    My final design:

    I have lost my presentation due to my computer crashing but I snapped some pics of it in my room today. Once I retrieve the final I will post it up here.

    PICTURES-------------->>>>>>>>>>>>> http://imgur.com/a/GQzev <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<------------------------ PICTURES

    I wanted to design something that we could be proud of. I wanted it to stand out when you walk into a room. I wanted the design to be a warm natural object that drew the eye. Something unique because the current systems that all of us use are already streamlined. So how could I add something into this system to help make everyone system a little easier and more pleasurable.


    The basic design ideas are the following.

    1. Pivot top that pivots over bed allowing you to have a hard surface right in front of you to place meds, etc.
    -The pivot also allows easy access to the top of the storage bags.
    -Three point directional locking angles.
    2. The storage bags are a unique way to store meds and treatments that is esthetically warm and welcoming.
    -The bags are hammock inspired.
    -Some people wonder about the capacity of the bags. I ask them if you have ever seen a women's purse? Its amazing how much those things can hold. They are very deceiving to the eye. Which over all contributes to the unique look of the side table.
    -The bags are also detachable. They have a hidden zipper with a hidden strap. Once detached they are easily transformed into a traveling bag. All you have to do is revele to hidden straps. Snap ends together and secure meds inside by zipping the bag up and you are good to go. Throw over shoulder or toss in suitcase.
    -Color coordinated so easy organization of med times, neb storage, inhaled meds, etc.
    -The bags are also a natural sound damping material. When I set me nebulizer machine on a solid table it makes all sorts of ruckus and bounces around everywhere. The bag design keeps it in one place and makes it so much more quite its unbelievable.
    3. Quality build materials.
    -Natural walnut top with natural Danish oil finish.
    -Recycled solid steel frame.
    -Repurposed fabric sewn bags.
    -Solid mill turned steel pivot point with x2 2" sealed bearing.
    -Pressure fitted and bolted assembly.

    I have been using it ever since I have finished it and it is a blessing! It makes my mornings and nights so much easier and pleasurable.

    I am wanted to start selling them once my website is finished. I hope to come up with a few different color selections and material options to cut down the price of manufacturing.

    This started out designing something for us cystic fibrosis patients but truly opened up for not only us but anyone! It could aid in organization of not only meds for patients of all sorts of disabilities but everyday use of storage and travel of personal items.

    Let me know what you guys think! I'm open to opinions and suggestions. Now that I have graduated I hope to start my own build and design company.

    Would anyone be interested?

    These is the pivot point on the table. I over built this! You can basically sit on the table without anything happening to it.
    They were turned on a lathe from a 4" solid piece of steel.


    Thanks again guys! I could have not of done it without you guys! - See the original post at: http://forum.cysticfibrosis.com/thre...640#post977640

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    PS the bags in my "prototype" do not detach. When I start manufacturing these I will have a professional hand make the bags.

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    I think you have amazing talent and I like your product but what I am looking for is some type of table made to fit a vest machine and my nebulizer machine with storage for vest, hoses and maybe detachable bags for dirty nebs? Just a thought if you decide to make other things Beautiful table though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobinB29 View Post
    I think you have amazing talent and I like your product but what I am looking for is some type of table made to fit a vest machine and my nebulizer machine with storage for vest, hoses and maybe detachable bags for dirty nebs? Just a thought if you decide to make other things Beautiful table though!

    Completely agree, it is beautiful! I'd also be very interested in something that stores my vest machine and neb compressor in a more aesthetically pleasing, yet functional way!!

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    This is awesome!

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    Thanks guys!!! I tried really hard to try and incorporate vest storage into my design. I didn't have time to further pursue it. I was thinking I might be able to build a box that sits at the bottom that stores the vest. But the bags are big enough to store the neb machine. Thanks again for the feed back! I can further develop it as well so it really does help!

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    Thanks again guys for the kind words! I put a lot of work into it and I'm just glad its getting positive feedback.

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    A+. You have found your calling, I believe. The subtlety of material choices like fabrics that are elastic and the hammock pocket design are strokes of brilliance. It may take more than a hemmed fabric for the pocket edges to stand the strain and wear long term. Possibly reinforcing your hammock pocket with a less elastic cord or bias tape will support the edges that also is the pocket opening. It makes sense for locating the opening and from an engineering standpoint it gives strength to the pocket.

    The use of what most furniture manufactures would burn to heat the shop is part of the current movement in furniture style. I like it! Normally a knarley or knotted board is rejected in all but boutique furniture. Something that I am dealing with that may be an important consideration is how and with what do you finish the wood with? I'm retooling my laboratory and have decided to build rather than buy a fume hood/enclosure. To match the existing furniture I am framing it in Baltic birch plywood. We both need a varnish that is resistant to strong chemical cleaners and absolutely not absorb water or it becomes possible for molds and bacteria to grow into the wood.

    I like every element of the design and hope you can address any remaining issues in the production version. It is truly unique and the design is anything but a conspicuous medical storage/service cabinet. Just looking at it, I was perplexed. Short of a cup holder, nothing at all functional appeared in my imagination. I had to read what was storage and the logic of the sliding top to expose the storage AND put a table over your lap. I didn't see any means of adjusting the height, beds don't have a standard height, I suggest you put slightly smaller square tubing inside the existing vertical tubes attached to your top frame so you can raise or lower it. My point is, rather than the typical leg lengthening scheme, raise the work surface and storage frame with extensions slid down in the legs. These are just suggestions, I appreciate the talent it took to take a lot of complicated needs and come up with a simple and elegant piece of medical furniture.

    Bravo,

    LL
    67yr. old man, DX CF 2002 by sweat test. Heterozygous S1235R revealed by genetic testing in 2003 & 2012 accepted secondary mutation. 7T, 7T polymorphism established to be virulent. Classification review in 2017 remains CF diagnosis.

    Complete pancreatic atrophy, Bronchiectasis, MRSA, osteoporosis, small duct disease, charming personality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LittleLab4CF View Post
    A+. You have found your calling, I believe. The subtlety of material choices like fabrics that are elastic and the hammock pocket design are strokes of brilliance. It may take more than a hemmed fabric for the pocket edges to stand the strain and wear long term. Possibly reinforcing your hammock pocket with a less elastic cord or bias tape will support the edges that also is the pocket opening. It makes sense for locating the opening and from an engineering standpoint it gives strength to the pocket.

    The use of what most furniture manufactures would burn to heat the shop is part of the current movement in furniture style. I like it! Normally a knarley or knotted board is rejected in all but boutique furniture. Something that I am dealing with that may be an important consideration is how and with what do you finish the wood with? I'm retooling my laboratory and have decided to build rather than buy a fume hood/enclosure. To match the existing furniture I am framing it in Baltic birch plywood. We both need a varnish that is resistant to strong chemical cleaners and absolutely not absorb water or it becomes possible for molds and bacteria to grow into the wood.

    I like every element of the design and hope you can address any remaining issues in the production version. It is truly unique and the design is anything but a conspicuous medical storage/service cabinet. Just looking at it, I was perplexed. Short of a cup holder, nothing at all functional appeared in my imagination. I had to read what was storage and the logic of the sliding top to expose the storage AND put a table over your lap. I didn't see any means of adjusting the height, beds don't have a standard height, I suggest you put slightly smaller square tubing inside the existing vertical tubes attached to your top frame so you can raise or lower it. My point is, rather than the typical leg lengthening scheme, raise the work surface and storage frame with extensions slid down in the legs. These are just suggestions, I appreciate the talent it took to take a lot of complicated needs and come up with a simple and elegant piece of medical furniture.

    Bravo,

    LL
    Thank you for the kind words! The bags aren't actually elastic though. But thank you for your suggestion it does make sense since you do have weight bearing down on that all the time. I plan on taking these prototype bags to a professional so they could make fully functional ones.

    I agree! I love the idea of using wood that would be rejected by someone else. He actually sold me that one piece of wood with the knot on it for a discounted price because he Dian think I would use it. Little did he know I had something in mind. It also works as a natural finger pocket when you pivot and pull back the table. And I think it a nice contrast between the polished steel piece at the opposite end of the table.

    I agree with the importance of finding a varnish that is safe and effective. I used natural Danish oil and that's it. But if you have any other recommendations that would be better for a medical stand point I would love to hear them.

    Thank you so much for the feed back. It really inspires me when people react positively to a piece of work I designed. And I love that is comes off as I attended it to. I wanted people to walk in a room and go "What is that?". Thank you so much for you suggestions they really help me out and in the next version of it I will further explore the ideas you have given me. Thanks again!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taylor Hayes View Post
    Thank you for the kind words! The bags aren't actually elastic though. But thank you for your suggestion it does make sense since you do have weight bearing down on that all the time. I plan on taking these prototype bags to a professional so they could make fully functional ones.

    I agree! I love the idea of using wood that would be rejected by someone else. He actually sold me that one piece of wood with the knot on it for a discounted price because he Dian think I would use it. Little did he know I had something in mind. It also works as a natural finger pocket when you pivot and pull back the table. And I think it a nice contrast between the polished steel piece at the opposite end of the table.

    I agree with the importance of finding a varnish that is safe and effective. I used natural Danish oil and that's it. But if you have any other recommendations that would be better for a medical stand point I would love to hear them.

    Thank you so much for the feed back. It really inspires me when people react positively to a piece of work I designed. And I love that is comes off as I attended it to. I wanted people to walk in a room and go "What is that?". Thank you so much for you suggestions they really help me out and in the next version of it I will further explore the ideas you have given me. Thanks again!!!!
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