A Side Project – Display Booth

Our neighbor has asked me to build a display stand for her.  She makes and sells women’s hand bags at arts and crafts fairs, and she needs a self-standing L-shaped display wall that can be disassembled and put into a minivan for transport.  Each wall must be 10’x6′ assembled and must be able to hold a lot of weight.   

I am making the unit out of 4×4 posts with black-iron gas pipe that screws together with flanges as the cross-bars.  She will paint the whole assembly.   Four 4’x4′ beadboard panels will hang from the top cross-bars.   Each panel will have 4 hooks to display her merchandise.   

I assembled the basic frame last night and it is very strong vertically, but a bit wobbly in the horizontal.   My wife suggested putting each post in a bucket filled with sand, and I believe that will solve the problem (the unit must be able to be placed on pavement, so no support wires can be used).  Looks like the unit will cost about $125 in materials.

I will build the panels over the weekend, and then get back to the desks.

About mattsanf

Matt Sanfilippo is the Chief Partnership Officer (CPO) for the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and Co-Director of its Engineering Research Accelerator. In this role, Matt coordinates and enables strategic and sponsored research opportunities across the college, and stewards the development of proposals for major research opportunities along strategic themes. Additionally, he enables collaboration among the college's research institute/center executive directors, and industrial and government relations personnel in the pursuit of opportunities with industry, federal and state governments. Before becoming CPO for the College, Matt was the Senior Executive Director for Research Initiatives, the Executive Director of CMU's SII (Smart Infrastructure Institute) and ICES (Institute for Complex Engineered Systems), and Associate Director of PITA (Pennsylvania Infrastructure Technology Alliance) and RAMP (Research for Advanced Manufacturing in Pennsylvania). Before CMU, Matt was Managing Director of Applied Technology for Michael Baker Corporation, an engineering and energy services firm. Matt managed Baker's technology division including Geographic Information System (GIS), software and web development, multimedia, virtual reality, visualization, Global Positioning System (GPS), mapping and surveying services. Before joining Baker, Matt was an Innovation Director for Redleaf Group, a Venture Capital/Operating Company focused on information security, supply chain and mobility solutions. While at Redleaf, Matt managed technical due diligence for seed-stage investments and coordinated relationships between Redleaf and their partner companies. Prior to Redleaf, Matt was CIO of GZA GeoEnvironmental Technologies, an infrastructure engineering firm, and operations manager for their Internet start-up that focused on web-technologies for health and safety and manufacturing metrics. Matt is on the board of Larson Design Group (LDG), past Chairman of the Board for the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, current board member of the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation (PHLF), current Vice President of the Sewickley Heights Gun Club (SHGC) and former member of the Information Sciences and Technology Advisory Board for the Pennsylvania State University Beaver. Matt is also former Vice President of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Association of Internet Professionals and former Vice President of the Board of Trustees for Baker Combined Charity of Pennsylvania.

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