Also curiously titled, "If you aren't insane already then this will probably take you there"
How insane do you have to be to do this.
Welcome to the inaugural post for the new sonic screwdriver build. I recently finished my second sonic screwdriver build. The first was a classic Pertwee/Baker build from a design given to me by a friend. The second was a custom build based upon the Teletran design.
The idea was to produce an interpretation of the new sonic as flipped and twirled by Matt Smith the current Doctor. I have tried to retain the idea of the telescoping sonic, but an alternative mechanism to the spring loaded format. Also IU wanted to pull in some of the design cues from the Tennant/Eccleston screwdriver. When in its 'retracted' form the claws engage with the mitter head. The emitter head has been remodelled to hint at the 9/10th doctor emitter. I have abosolutely no idea whether the design will work, what changes will be made during the build process and how long it will take, but the construction has begun.....
So here we are at the start?! of the new build. Well nearly. Some work has already been done. One of the most dificult parts is the construction of the emitter assembly. This has several moving parts. The dish proved to be a nightmare, the first was scrapped when the cutter height was mis-set by yours truely. The second one was destroyed when the y-axis drive started to slip with the cutter losing it's position and gouging a path through the previously machined areas. Third time lucky and for the most part things have gone well with the dish. All that is left is some polishing and sanding to finish it off.
Next was the dish support, another piece with multiple machining processes on both the top and bottom. This has gone much more smoothly for the most part. Apart from the arm support holes. When drilling these the workpiece moved in the chuck resulting in the holes being distorted. A pain indeed but not a total disaster.
At last the dish and support have become one, with a brass collar to align the dish and support, and epoxy glue to permanently join them. After the dish and support were joined the dish provided the sopport for the final machining of the support.
The central column is steel with a 4mm diameter hole drilled and reamed to allow light from an LED to pass through it. This will support the emitter head. Other parts have already been fabricated. The main body, lower end cap and upper cap have been roughly hewn from brass and aluminium.
Here are a few pics to start the ball rolling, some of the general parts and a close up of the emitter head partly made. Oh! look at those carefully made non-round holes. The piece slipped in the chuck when I was drilling them, don't you just hate it when that happens Still in the words of Baldrick, I have a cunning plan!!
Enjoy, hate, loath, eat garlic, whatever floats your boat. Don't be shy leave a comment. Oh and has anyone seen my towel? Last time I saw it a bloke called Arthur asked if he could borrow it for a few minutes.