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case study on toilet seat

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Introduction

Charlee Enever

Case Study one

The most suitable material to use when in production of a toilet seat.

Wood Toilet seat.

Probably one of the most common materials used in making a toilet seat is wood, pine wood in particular. Wood is extremely popular as most people like the look of a wooden seat. Whether its because it looks more natural or if they are following a theme throughout the room that any other material would not look as appealing.

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Another reason for this to be a popular choice is that out of all the other materials wood is the worst conductor. This is useful as it means it doesn’t loose heat and become cold. This is highly regarded in situations when needing to use the toilet it makes it more pleasant to use. Mass production is able to be carried out when pine is used to make toilet seats this is because the material is cheap and easily obtained. However pine is a very soft wood and is not very durable therefore wooden toilet seats have been known to dent and scratch.

Common Name

Pinus strobus

Botanical Name:

Quercus Robur

Wood
Characteristics

Straight grain, soft surface which is prone to scratches and denting.

Colour:

Light yellow to a reddish brown (in heartwood).

Workability:

good

Durability

White pine tends to be very soft. This may make it unsuitable for some furniture applications.

Uses

Furniture, moldings, plywood, boat building, carpentry, veneer.

Price

inexpensive

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Middle

Uses

Trees stained by the "beef-steak" fungus are often converted into highly figured veneers. 

Price

High cost

Mahogany is stronger and more dense then pine but not as strong as oak. This is mainly used for toilet seats for consumers with particular liking to the colour, a deep red which darkens in time. It has to be specially made as it is very expensive and hard to find.

Common Name

Honduras Mahogany

Botanical Name:

Swietenia macrophylla

Wood
Characteristics

Straight grain with a fine even texture. Honduras Mahogany is relatively free of voids and pockets.

Colour:

Reddish brown to medium red which darkens to a deep reddish-brown with time.

Workability:

Honduras mahogany is one of the best woods for machining, cutting, and planing. Tools should be kept sharp, and a low angle should be used when planing Mahogany with a wavy grain pattern. Honduras Mahogany can be sanded very easily and efficiently. Routered edges are crisp and sharp. Honduras Mahogany also turns well on a lathe.

Durability

The wood is strong and dense. It will dent with a sharp hit from a solid blunt object. Slightly less durability than Red Oak. For outdoor applications such as patio furniture and wooden boats this boat is an excellent choice for its combination of strength and rot resistant properties.

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Conclusion

Conclusion

After looking at all the research I have collected and evaluated overall I feel that wood toilet seats are the better choice.

This is because of many reasons which I will go through now. Wood toilet seats main advanteage is there cost especially the more renewable trees such as pine. This means that mass and cheap production can be done of them. Making it easy for consumers to get hold of them or replace.

They are very versitile aswell this means customers can ffind a product that fits their needs and style without too much effort. It also is vry durable and will last a long time and wear well and still look attractive.

Lastly it is easy to keep sanitary and hygenic as nothing can be absorbed into the wood as it has been treated with something like a varnish or wax.

However this is the most preffered choice for the home. If however toilet seats were needed for more public areas then I feel ceramics would be a better choice. This is because ceramics are far more durable and will last the test of time. Therefore there will be less replacements meaning they will save money that can be put towards better causes.

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