Fully Functional Vulcan Harp Finished! Video!

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  1. pielock373

    pielock373 Well-Known Member

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    Sense I was 14 years old I always wanted to make the prop. Now at 53 I am taking it on! I think I first picked these plans up at the 1975 New York Star Trek convention at the Commodore hotel. Those were the days, that convention was over the top!!

    Here is a link to the plans on-line: http://www.cygnus-x1.net/links/lcars/vulcan-harp-construction-plans.php

    These plans not only layout the physical body of the instrument but also shows you how to build a cord circuit board based on a 50240 IC, this chip is known as a Top-Octave Frequency Generator. It was the base of just about every electronic organ that sat in many of our homes in the 70's and 80's. I have etched the circuit board shown in the plans and assembled the parts. For the amplifier section I have used an updated amplifier board kit commonly available on-line. The cord generator board is built as shown in the plans.

    Here is a picture of the test assembly. I powered it up last night for the first time, it all works!! Now that I have a working set of electronics for the harp Its now time to press on with making the main body of the Harp.


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    Here's a video for you all to watch so you can here the cord generator in action.

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  3. pielock373

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    The body will be high grade plywood. Still working out much of the jointing in my head. Below are the scaled up 1/1 plans I've drawn. Head to toe is 35 1/2 inches by 14 inches wide by 2 inches thick.


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    Making a template for the body. Will become eventually become the front face of the instrument.
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    Template is finished. Yes it will be pressed Not sure what I will do with the back yet.
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    Trimming out the veneer. I ended up find a more traditional type veneer with no backing that had a wonderful walnut grain.


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    Here's the center opening for the electronics and resonator box.

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    Also, the penciled in circle for the tension knob. Also notice the last body piece I need to cut on the scroll saw. This is the raised area of the front neck.
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    The soon to be tension knob.
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    Finished machining the tension Knob.


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    Inside the harp resonator box,and electronics compartment.


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    All the pieces loose stacked for effect. Over the comings days I will be attaching the veneers and glueing the main body together.


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    Man, that is now!
     
  10. Snow Builder

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    Awesome! Can't wait to see your next update.
     
  11. pielock373

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    The mail brought many items today, the strings and the tuning pins.
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    So I made two bridges, one out of the African mahogany and one out of walnut. I'm not sure which one to go with, please help me decide? In case anyone is wondering. About the slot, it will have an insert bar glued into place that will have the guide slots for the strings.


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    Rob

    Are you ONE? LOL

    Steve
     
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    Digging it!
     
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    Thanks for your comments guys!!

    Steve
     
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    Here is the refined bridge, the metal will have grooves cut into it for the strings to sit in.


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  17. TheSt.LouisKid

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    Very nice!
     
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    Glued and clamped the two main frame pieces.
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  19. ultraman

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    wow this is gonna be awesome!
     
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    I veneered the front on, it's now being pressed. Hope the God it comes out alright! There is going to be seven layers of gluing on this prop all together. If this newest layer is successful that will be three down and four to go.


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    The finished bridge.
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    Success! The veneer went on perfectly!! Flat, tight and no bubbles.
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    Amazing work! Im looking forward to seeing and hearing the finished product. I would love to see the breakdown of the string guages and lengths; it is something I cannot seem to get right when making kinder-harps :-/

    Colors are beautiful too BTW
     
  24. Apollo

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    Really looking sweet!
     
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    Further progress


    Working on the back electronics hatch.
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    Refining the shape of the upper tone knob.
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    Fabricated the aluminum control panel.
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    Full body shot.
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  26. Snow Builder

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    Just keeps looking better and better!
     
  27. pielock373

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    These four knobs need to be resized from 1 inch down to 3/4 of an inch.
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    Next I will be veneering the back of the instrument. Many things to do yet!
    This build is much more work then I originally thought it would be I easily have 40 hours into this at this point!
     
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    Here is the back side of the harp all cut out and ready to veneer. The back hatch is for electronics access.
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    Veneered the back today. I used sequenced walnut veneer so the back hatch grain is able to match up with the rest of.the back grain.

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    All the veneer is attached. Just three more layers of glue to go!


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    Wow! I reach, brother...
     
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    Glueing is finally done. Here is the last dark raised edge drying. Should have some very cool shots in two hours...
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    The main body is together. Notice also that the speaker holes have been drilled on the back electronics hatch area. I am now on hour 88 of this project.
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    almost there!!!!
    waiting on all the glue to dry takes for ever!!!
    jobs like this seem like 75% clamping and gluing and 25% the fun stuff lol
     
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    Ultraman

    You got that right, waiting for the glue to dry between steps is like watching grass grow! LOL...

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    Wow. I haven't looked in on this thread in a few weeks. It's amazing the progress you've made. Such beautiful veneers you're working with.
     
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    Thank you all for your kind words of support on this massive undertaking! As is often the case, you don't always understand what your getting into until your in deep, over your eyeballs with a prop project. This has been one of the props on my "bucket list" for quite some time. It is absolutely amazing to see it forming before my eyes finally! This project has become my tribute to the memory of Leonard Nimoy. I truly hope in his last moments he understood the people he touched and the lives that were changed in a positive way. RIP my friend.

    Steve
     
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    Stain is in place.

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  39. Falafel Flop

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    Wow this is coming together beautifully. That stain really makes it pop! What type of finish will you use on top?
     
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    I'll be using Min wax semi-gloss polyurethane. No stain just the natural wood color for the front and back. I know some of you will gasp that I am using polyurethane but I have had zero luck with lacquer, I always end up with orange peel when I try to use it.

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    Great, natural color is the best. Is that walnut by the way? The other pics make it look like walnut, but the last two make it look like red birch :confused. I guess the lighting of those last pictures really brought out the color.
     
  42. pielock373

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    Yes it is Two toned Walnut.

    Steve
     
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    It's clear coated and looks great!


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    Thank you all for the "likes" from my former TPZ Friends! It means a lot to hear from you all.

    Steve P
     
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    Drilled 19 string holes in the aluminum tail stock.
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    The bridge is completed. Getting ready to start the final assembly on the harp!
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  46. Apollo

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    Looks like Isis is in the background looking for Gary 7, " I found that pesky Vulcans Harp Gary!"

     
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    Making progress stringing the harp up!
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    All stringed. Just the electronics to install now.
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    awesome!!!!

    it's really coming together now!
     
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    Here's the video, it isn't tuned so it hits a couple of sour notes.


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