Exercise 1

Breaking down an object into its component parts.

I wandered around my home looking for objects that were made up of at least 4 or 5 component parts. I chose a wooden and glass cabinet that we have repurposed as our drinks cabinet! We bought it a few years ago from a furniture emporium. I believe it dates back to the 1950’s, constructed mainly of wood with two glass doors and beautiful dansette feet. There are two glass shelves inside and two glass side panels, with a drawer at the bottom. The drawer has two brass handles and brass decoration around them.

After examining the cabinet, I made sketches in front elevation, side elevation, section and plan. I took measurements and annotated the sketches

I then took photographs of the different elements that make up the cabinet. The dansette feet, the brass handles and detail on the drawer, the glass front with inlaid brass button openers.

I have listed the component parts that make up the display cabinet.

  • Wood
  • Brass
  • Glass
  • Plastic

The wood is glued together using blocks inside at each corner of the cabinet. The plastic black trim at the top and bottom of the front of the cabinet allow the glass doors to sit and slide. The dansette feet are fixed using screws on the underside of the furniture, made up of wood and brass. The detail in brass on the front of the drawer is pinned and glued. The handles, also made of brass are fixed using screws.

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