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2016 Monthly Building Contest - September: Tidy that desk!

September is a month when pupils and teachers alike go back to school. I thought it would be a fun challenge to make pencil pots or desk tidies.

If you are not a teacher or don't have kids, a clean desk is something that everyone appreciates, even if it's just the place where you build Lego and you use a pencil pot to hold some scissors and a brick separator.

You can make a single pot to hold some pens or an elaborate work that has a variety of pots. That way it can hold pens, scissors and paper-clips, maybe even some tape? The sky is the limit, well no, actually your desk is the limit, it should be not so big that it wouldn't fit on an actual desk.

It's all up to your creativity, you could go for a themed one, you could use only the elements of one set, you could go for a house or an animal that doubles as a pen pot, you could just use lots of colour, .... Anything goes, as long as it holds pens at the end of the ride.

Share as many as you like, even if it's only a simple one or your first MOC, more entries might give other people ideas and get those creative juices flowing. Also, if your kids want to take part and make one for themselves, feel free to post those too, I love seeing what they come up with.

The Rules:

- your model must be built for the contest, not an existing MOC

- it must not be so big that it can't fit on a desk (and there should be room for books/laptop)

- two photographs per entry only - it helps the thread load better/at all! However feel free to upload any extra images to Flickr etc. that aren't for your entry.

- you can enter as many different models as you like so long as you make a separate post for each

- seeing as there are many time zones and September is a short month and has already started in some time zones, the contest closes at midnight on the latest time zone there is on September 30th. So midnight in Honolulu (countdown here).  I'll announce the winner by October 4th.

The Prize:

A poly bag or CMF from those I have available. I'll PM the winner a list they can pick from.

Any questions? Anything dubious? PM or leave a message below. I look forward to see what you come up with. 

-- Does it look fun to come up with an idea yourself? Volunteers can speak up here.



  • catwranglercatwrangler Member Posts: 1,894
    Yay! I am a stationery fiend (and also, often, a stationary fiend :P) so this is perfect for me. I already have an idea brewing....
  • SprinkleOtterSprinkleOtter Member Posts: 2,779
    I have a question- what is a pen holder?
    And this topic has got me thinking- maybe there is a desk under this stuff... ;)
  • snowhitiesnowhitie Member Posts: 3,078
    ^ something like this - just a mini version to give an idea:

    Or some non-Lego examples:

  • catwranglercatwrangler Member Posts: 1,894
    It's a pot for keeping pens in (usually upright) on your desk. But I think the definition can also include desk tidies... 

  • ricecakericecake Member Posts: 878
    Don't vote for this since it's not my creation, but maybe it will help inspire you:

    Panda Pencil Pot:

  • William_TownsleyWilliam_Townsley Member Posts: 880
    I just realised my month is coming soon. I need to start gathering prizes 
  • FauchFauch Member Posts: 2,662
    inquisitor isn't amused about this
  • snowhitiesnowhitie Member Posts: 3,078
    edited September 2016
    A little quick mid-monthly bump. Got some nice and very different looking entries.

    As expected @xwingpilot your 'tiedy' doesn't really qualify, but you made us laugh! I was thinking to say at the beginning of the contest, 'you are not allowed to use a normal set and put pens in it and call it a tidy' I even had an excitable example of what was not allowed -

    But I'm glad I didn't, I enjoyed the joke.

    Won't give any other feedback on the models as to not give away what the Judge is thinking ;)

    Keep building guys and gals!
  • snowhitiesnowhitie Member Posts: 3,078
    Thought to give this another bump with just over a week to go. Had quite a bit of entries the first week so look forward to see what you come up with.

    I finished building the maze yesterday (loved it BTW) and to encourage you I made a desk-tidy out of it. It's only rudimentary because the weight was already getting to much.

    Look forward to see what else people can come up with!
  • MattsWhatMattsWhat Member Posts: 1,643
    Oh man, I just remembered I made a desk tidy to find out if something would work.  It had a hidden drawer in it to hold your coins.  I need to get it themed though as at the moment it looks like a minifigure threw up on a baseplate.  Fingers crossed for having time!
  • SprinkleOtterSprinkleOtter Member Posts: 2,779

    (Sorry the pictures aren't great. My only camera is the one on my phone.)
    Nothing to apologize about. A model like that would look good with any camera.
  • starwars4everstarwars4ever Member Posts: 489
    ^^ I think we have a winner!
  • BillyBricks84BillyBricks84 Member Posts: 355
    ^ It looks like you take pen security very seriously. I like all of the little details that help make it a fully realized "temple."
  • TheOriginalSimonBTheOriginalSimonB Member Posts: 1,771
    ^See those pirate mixels in the background?  Terrible for making off with stuff and claiming it as booty.
  • BillyBricks84BillyBricks84 Member Posts: 355
    ^ Hmmm. This makes me think that two ninjas might not be enough security. Where is the moat made of thumbtacks? The 5-foot fence made of rubber bands that will bounce enemies away and that is topped with rulers that have the sharp metal edges? There are some glaring vulnerabilities that could be shored up with some of your other desk supplies. 
  • catwranglercatwrangler Member Posts: 1,894
    I start wondering if a stapler's offensive capacity could make it the human-sized equivalent of a stud shooter. :D
  • stluxstlux Member Posts: 2,450
    After making an SEC, my first "MOC". My part collection is not really properly organised yet, but need to start somewhere...
    I have a clean desk policy both in the office and at home, and don't really have a need to write things down. So my pencil pot has space for the grand total of 2 pens I have (every other pen at home has been confiscated by my wife for... things). I'm a heavy user of my mobile though, so added space for it + a pass-through for the charger so I never run out of juice! Guarded by Unisithy. Nobody will mess with Unisithy.

  • BillyBricks84BillyBricks84 Member Posts: 355
    ^I like the idea for the pass-through for the charger. Do you have anything inside that keeps it in place when the phone isn't connected?

    I didn't realize so many people needed security to keep their desk materials safe. That is a glaring deficiency in my entry...
  • stluxstlux Member Posts: 2,450
    It's a rather sturdy, non-bendy USB3 cable. Is staying nice in place without any additional help.
    For extra security Unisithy also has a battalion of droids at her command.
  • snowhitiesnowhitie Member Posts: 3,078
    Last day to put the entries in - 26 hours left.
  • snowhitiesnowhitie Member Posts: 3,078
    This competition has ended - winner will be announced in the next couple of days after deliberation by the judges (well, the judge ; ).
    Over to @SprinkleOtter for the next one!
  • SprinkleOtterSprinkleOtter Member Posts: 2,779
    Thanks, @snowhitie I forgot what month it was (huh, I guess that means I missed the Revans...).
  • TheOriginalSimonBTheOriginalSimonB Member Posts: 1,771
    Congratulations to @BillyBricks84
  • the1whitetigerthe1whitetiger Member Posts: 20
    yes great job! @BillyBricks84 You deserved to win!
  • MaffyDMaffyD Member Posts: 3,500
    @snowhitie - you do know that link from 'chill' goes back to your own thread, right? Thought I was going mad for a bit there. Or that my browser was rebelling!!
  • snowhitiesnowhitie Member Posts: 3,078
    @MaffyD we all go a bit mad sometimes...

    Sorry about that though, here's the right one (I hope):

  • BillyBricks84BillyBricks84 Member Posts: 355
    @snowhitie Thanks! I really enjoyed many of the other entries, too (I now strangely feel like I have to win the approval of your family, however.). I'm surprised the TIE didn't get at least an honorable mention :)

    @the1whitetiger, @TheOriginalSimonB Thanks! I appreciate that coming from people who also made strong entries. 

    I'm excited to see what everyone submits next month. I usually see an idea and think, "I would not have thought of that even if given a year." I do have an idea in mind for October, but the execution of it is always tough. 
  • snowhitiesnowhitie Member Posts: 3,078
    @BillyBricks84 I didn't mention @xwingpilot 's Tiedy again since he already got a whole post before. But you are right, it was funny.

    And about my family,you can't win them all ;)
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