Kin Bench

Programs Used: SolidWorks and KeyShot


The Kin Bench was designed with the everyday user in mind. The furniture piece is to be used as a sitting ornament next to the shoe rack  near the front door, to aid people when putting on their shoes. The design was created with the perspective that it would be an adaptable piece that would also serve as a sculptural element in the average home. Each bar and every line in the silhouette of the piece makes the furniture piece sculptural and aesthetically pleasing, and at the same time giving it structural support and longevity. It is a piece that would blend into everyone’s home, yet also serve as an impactful detail that would certainly catch visitor’s eye.

 
 
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Dimensions

 
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Inspiration

 
 

Fabrication Process

Materials Used: Stainless steel, automotive paint, leather, foam and batting
Machinery Used: Vertical Band Saw, Grinder, TIG, MIG, Metal Tube Bender, Upholstery Gun

 
 1. 3/8 Square tubing was cut and MIG welded together to create the seat base structure.

1. 3/8 Square tubing was cut and MIG welded together to create the seat base structure.

 2. Plates to secure the seat were also welded into place and grinded flush to the surface.

2. Plates to secure the seat were also welded into place and grinded flush to the surface.

 3. The structure was then connected together through TIG welding.

3. The structure was then connected together through TIG welding.

 
 
 4. Moving on to the detail on the base, stock was cut and TIG welded.

4. Moving on to the detail on the base, stock was cut and TIG welded.

 5. After constructing the 3D document, it was printed in full scale to aid the process of TIG welding the seat back detail. After that, all the welds were grinded flush to the surface using an angle grinder.

5. After constructing the 3D document, it was printed in full scale to aid the process of TIG welding the seat back detail. After that, all the welds were grinded flush to the surface using an angle grinder.

 6. After completing the whole structure, it was spray painted with a couple of coats of primer and metallic grey automotive paint. An extra layer of clear coating was added at the end to ensure that the piece is scratch proof.

6. After completing the whole structure, it was spray painted with a couple of coats of primer and metallic grey automotive paint. An extra layer of clear coating was added at the end to ensure that the piece is scratch proof.

 
 
 7. A large piece of upholstery foam and batting was cut to size and placed in the seat.

7. A large piece of upholstery foam and batting was cut to size and placed in the seat.

 8. The foam and batting was upholstered with leather using a staple gun and drilled into place to ensure that the seat is securely in place.

8. The foam and batting was upholstered with leather using a staple gun and drilled into place to ensure that the seat is securely in place.

 

Final Model 

 
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Behind the Scenes

 

 
 Finishing up the project, the day of handing in the assignment, a sense of accomplishment and relief rushed over me-> hence this pretentious picture of me with the Kin Bench.

Finishing up the project, the day of handing in the assignment, a sense of accomplishment and relief rushed over me-> hence this pretentious picture of me with the Kin Bench.

This project taught me a lot. It opened up the world of welding to me and also made me understand the importance of strong welds and structure.