Basic Information – ITEM
The frame was built using the T-Slot profiles of a company called ITEM.
ITEM is the pioneer in building kit systems for industrial applications and a global market leader. They recently opened their selling to the private/end customers.
I therefore registered on their homepage and started to build the frame construction within their online planning tool (called “Engineering Tool”). The cool thing about this is that you can use the online construction for price inquiry and project initiation on ITEM side. In addition they offer to download the 3D-Models which was very helpful for my later constructions.
I basically used standard products out of the ITEM Profile 6 line which are profiles with a base dimension of 30mm x 30mm.
Normally ITEM is recommending profiles of line 8 (40mm x 40mm) for lean production desks. But as I am not performing any heavy industrial work I found the Line 6 profiles sufficient for my purpose. Of course you might want to use an alternative like 80/20 or V-Slot profiles but keep in mind that everything on this project is based on the 30mmx30mm dimensions
Design & Assembly
Below you can find PDF-Instructions which have been created directly out of the engineering tool:
And here is the link to the original project assembly instructions:
The Project assembly instructions are based on the initial design. There have been three major changes/improvements which are not shown in the original assembly instructions:
- The section for the left drawer was enlarged
- A profile was added in the front middle between left and right drawer section (in order to support the quite thin table top)
- The right drawer based on ITEM profiles was fully replaced – It just looked to clunky
List of ITEM Parts
Note: The column Pos. still refers to the original assembly manual – will update it with the Position Number out of the engineering tool asap.
The main fasteners in the assembly manual is the universal-fastening set. However, ITEM recommended to use mitre-fasteners which are nicer if you want to install surfaces on the profiles. Unfortunately, the ITEM engineering tool is yet not able to use mitre fasteners. Therefore, I used the universal-fasteners instead. Both versions should work fine. Below a short comparison:
Helpful URL’s – ITEM
|ITEM Online Catalogue||Online Catalogue of the MB Building Kit System||https://product.item24.ch/en/catalogue/products/mb-building-kit-system-1001009411/|
|ITEM Engineeringtool||Online Tool used to design the profile frame construction(s)||https://www.item24.ch/en/customer-solutions/configurators/|
|ITEM Machiningtool||Online Tool used to specify machining on profiles. Mainly used to apply changes after initial project||https://www.item24.ch/en/customer-solutions/configurators/|
List to ITEM information + online tools