This article gives comprehensive steps to creating a successful product. Pay particular attention to the Warnings section as this task can be particularly dangerous if completed irresponsibly.
- Plan your product. Aim to carry out as much research as possible. Find out what people require and how much they are willing to pay.
- Gather together some ideas, then choose the best ones and develop them.
- Make a prototype model using cheaper materials (e.g. paper/cardboard/scrap plastic). Ensure that all measurements are correct.
- Measure and mark out. Using a set square or a tri square, make sure that all angles are correct. Draw guidelines for which your cutting will be based around.
- Begin to cut out the model. Use a tenon saw for straight edges or a coping saw for curved/detailed edges.
- Use a file or a belt sander to smoothe all of the edges, making sure that there are no sharp or hazardous parts.
- Assemble the pieces together. You may wish to use glue, tape or nails for this exercise.
- Paint or add any further details or decor to your product.
- Your product is finished. You now need to evaluate your product. Think about: 'what went well', 'what didn't go well' and 'what could be improved'.
- Now, think! Is this product suitable? Is it definitely finished? Would I purchase this product? If no, why not?
- Then, in an efficient manner, you should tidy up the materials which you have used.
- Be careful when using any powerful machinery - always wear safety goggles and never place fingers near blades or sharp cutters.
- Never operate a piece of machinery unless you have been shown how to!
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