$11.00 USD Nicaraguan All-thread Table

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Project by PoorCollegeStudent posted 03-13-2012 02:38 PM 2883 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This past summer, four of us moved down to El Transito, Nicaragua. Some of us were working on establishing a lending library (which we did) and a few were working with a women’s sewing coop to design more items that were palatable to American taste.

In the process we needed a table, both for the children’s after-school library needs and the women’s coop, but were scrapping the bottom of the budget. We had a lot of scrap wood from an old building project that was sitting gathering spiders, so we devised a system to fasten them into a table despite the wood’s varying widths, thicknesses, and length. All-thread became our miracle fastener.

Our table, which is still standing strong, is fastened with only 5 pieces of all-thread. The legs are exposed on top, but butted tightly 90 degrees next to a horizontal piece keeping them square. The slots in the middle serve both to expose the fastening system, but also to allow the electrical cords from the sewing machines to fall to the floor.

The whole this was built by hand with no power tools for $11.00 USD.

Great summer project!

-- -- a bad day woodworking is better than a good day at work --

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#1 posted 03-13-2012 02:53 PM

Now you will probably see a design knock off on another site for $1100, featuring an “eco-friendly” design.

Very creative solution.

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#2 posted 03-13-2012 03:06 PM

well done

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#3 posted 03-14-2012 12:25 AM

Very nice innovative design. Good job for a good cause>

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#4 posted 03-14-2012 12:56 AM

Great job! Those 10 kids all seem to be enjoying your efforts. The open slots for power cords is a good idea.

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#5 posted 03-14-2012 01:19 AM

Great job!

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#6 posted 03-14-2012 02:58 AM

Bravo brother, Bravo.

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#7 posted 03-14-2012 04:18 AM

God Bless You, brother, tht’s great. My wife is going to enjoy seeing this. She’s always talking about building by hand tools.

Shawn – Funny comment!

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#8 posted 03-14-2012 04:28 AM

Bravo! Well done friend.

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#9 posted 03-14-2012 04:30 AM

Looks like it does the job very well.

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#10 posted 03-14-2012 12:24 PM

Great job, well done

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#11 posted 03-14-2012 05:47 PM

We’re actually in the process of commercializing it ourselves. This shelving system is for a friend’s client:

I guess I should insert that I am currently getting a Master of Architecture. I now have a great wood shop to work in that I monitor every Monday night. Perfect time to work on personal projects.


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