OGEL became the name of our project because it is LEGO spelled backwards and we thought that our table pieces are like Legos just in a larger scale. Dan and I have been working on this project for the past two weeks and have gone through many phases and stages along the way. We started out with the simple idea of making a lunch table. We wanted to make a table where students at Nuvu could eat and gather around. This table had to be big enough for all the students but not too big so that when a meeting was being held there it felt like you were miles away from each other.
Our first idea was to make a table that can change in size as well as height. The way it changed in size was that the backs of the benches become the leaves in the table allowing it to double in size if wanted. The legs of these benches could also be used as the legs of the table so it could be lowered to more of a coffee table for a buisnessy meeting. In the end we thought you could have a lower coffee table with benches with backs on them or higher longer lunch table with benches with no backs on them. Through this process we came across a lot of problems such as the stableness of the table and the strength of the joints that connected everything. We decided to use a double jointed finger lock that made it much stronger of a bond but it was still unstable.
From here we went to a second idea using less pieces and having something that was a lot more stable. We made 3 main pieces that could be switched back and forth between a table and a bench. The table would be in a T shape allowing it to be both sturdy and nice looking and the bench would just be put together by moving one piece of the wood. However, we realized in the end we were making the same piece of furniture just positioned differently so we changed our project one more time.
Our current and best idea came from a combination of both of the ones described above. We wanted to use the T shape table idea and less pieces along with the finger locking joints to hold it all together. Our product uses 4 main core pieces that are versiatile enough to be able to make a bench, a chair, a small coffee table, or a larger lunch table. Our pieces are all by multiples of 10 and can connect to each other in certain ways that can create different pieces of furniture depending on a certain persons needs. We basically made a kit of pieces that can be used over and over again to make whatever you need/want.