Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Happy Holidays from Timbo

Happy Holidays everyone!
This Christmas is a bittersweet one for me.  I am in the process of moving out of my apartment, but I have a lot of scrap material that is still good to use.  Most of it is wood.

I don't want to throw it all away, but I can't easily transport or store this material.  For Christmas my girlfriend got me an assortment of Irwin clamps.

So I decided to use my new tools and build something out of my leftover material.  I used my pocket hole jig with my clamps (notably, my 90 degree clamp), and I just screwed some pieces together.

I made a large box to hold my lightsabers, marshmallow shooting M1 Garand, and some other tall stuff.

I also made a smaller box to hold all my new and old clamps.

Now I can store my stuff, plus my excess wood!  I can also disassemble the wood later for a future project!

I am happy to report that I will have a place to stay soon.  I will be living with a friend for a while, who has a large house just waiting to be filled with helmets and furniture.  So I will be getting my hands dirty soon, and creating some great stuff for my friend.  Of course, those projects will be posted on my blog once completed.  Until then Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

U.S.S. Kelvin Kit Bash

I have a lot of model kits.  One day I will have to fix them all up and photograph them for my blog.  But this entry is for a kit bashed USS Kelvin I made a few years ago.  At the time I made it, the 2009 Star Trek Movie had not been out yet, but enough images of the USS Kelvin had been leaked.

So I went out and bought a few USS Enterprise model kits - which at the time could be bought for less than $10 at Michael's Art store. 

Kit bashing - for anyone who is unaware of what it means - is when you take a model kit (or several model kits) and make something different then it's supposed to be.  The USS Kelvin seen below was made up of 2 kits: one kit made the saucer, warp nacel, neck and part of the secondary hull, and the second kit made the second neck and the rest of the secondary hull.  

Over the course of a few weeks I bought many of these kits, and made several different star ships.  The Kelvin was the only one I completed.  But I do have the others - which I will photograph and hopefully finish one day soon.

As for this kit, I do not have photos of the building process, but the end results were great.

The secondary hull was actually made out of 2 Enterprise secondary hulls that were cut and joined using scraps of plastic and wood, with some modeling filler and a lot of sanding.

It's not screen accurate at all - in fact the Warp nacelle and the secondary hull were in the wrong positions, but never the less I liked how it came out and hung it from the ceiling in my room at the time.

At the time that I photographed these shots I had a very inferior camera.  I'm sorry that a lot of the pictures are blurry.

At the time of this writing I am in the process of moving, and unable to start any new projects.  But I will endeavor to post whatever I can, whenever I can.  This short entry will be the first of a few entries showing some of my older work.  As stated earlier, I did not photograph the construction process since at the time I had no interest in making a blog, but hopefully the final images will inspire others to make such things.

Thanks for reading!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Computer/Work Desk

With the success of a few wood working projects, I decided that my next wood working project will be to make a computer or work desk.  For some time I have been wanting to make my own computer desk, as the several I have bough over the years have never lasted long.  I think I can build something better, and for less money.  Ever since I began learning the 3D program SketchUp, I have made several versions of a computer desk to fit the area in my apartment where my current "desk" is (my current desk is a plastic fold-up table).

There is a lot of clutter around my desk - which is right near an alcove with a window.  This alcove has been a dumping ground for a lot of projects, materials and scrap.  Hopefully my new desk will clean up this area a little bit.

So for a few months I designed a plethora of different tables....below are several images of these designs.

The table above and below were going to be my final design.  This table will be 6 feet long and give me enough desk space for my computer work and dual monitors, plus 8 shelves for my computer tower, printer, tools, paper and helmets like the one in the images.

Then a problem arose.  The wonderful apartment that I had lived in for years no longer became wonderful.  It was time to move.  I now needed my current table to use in my storage space.

So with my table gone, I had to improvise with my computer set up.  What I came up with was less than desirable.

I didn't feel quite safe with the monitors balanced on a board in between 2 book shelves.  So I sought to build a simple table that would be easy to construct and deconstruct, yet strong enough to hold up my computer, and the many boxes I plan on putting on it during my move.  My table shown has a bottom shelf and casters (wheels) on the bottom.  Since this is only going to be a temporary table for the next few months I am not going to add the wheels or bottom shelf.

My table would be constructed of simple 2x4's and plywood.  Nothing elegant or expensive.  I made the lumber list and brought it to the store to cut.

Instead of drilling pocket holes and the such, I decided to go the easy route and I bought some aluminum corner braces (also called 90 degree rigid ties).  The 2x4's simply fit into these and all I have to do it screw everything together.

I also remembered that I have numerous attic floor tiles I bought when I moved into my apartment.  I decided to use these for the table top instead of buying and cutting plywood.

So I got my wood cut and brought it home.

Then I started by assembling the 2 sides of the table using the corner braces.

With the 2 sides done, I then added the beams for the bottom front & back.

Followed by the top.  I also added a beam in the middle to strengthen the table top.

Then I took my attic tiles and screwed them to the top.

About 2 and a half hours later I was done.

It's very large and very strong, and I wish I had built it sooner.

The great thing is, it will be easy to disassemble once it's time to move out in a few weeks.  All I'll have to do is unscrew everything.  Once I have a new home I will most likely reassemble this table, add the bottom shelf and casters, and most likely put on a better table top.  Once I do, rest assured I will have an update for this blog entry.  Thanks for reading!

UPDATE:  I decided a few weeks later to add the bottom shelf.  To do this I used the same 2x2 attic tiles.  Since the bottom shelf is the same size as the top of the table, all I had to do is cut away where the 2x4 legs go.  So I used a spare 2x4 to trace the shape onto the attic tiles.

...and then started cutting away.

The fit was perfect.

Once all the tiles were in place I screwed them in.

And I'm done again!