Quick Intro and a Star Wars shelf build (Pics Up!)

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  1. ReverendCasey

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    Hey everyone! Great to be here! Resident Noob Reverend Casey at your service... I would just like to start off by saying I'm totally new to this whole scene and completely geeked about it. I started shopping Force FX lightsabers on teh interwebz, one click led to another, next thing I know, I'm here! I never knew something like pepakura even existed and after alot of reading I have to say, I'm excited at the possibilities. Admitedly, Im technologically handycapped but I have always been very artistic and with a comunity this helpful I doubt there is anything I won't be able to catch on to. I am buying a new computer in a week or two so the costume making will have to wait for now. (Also, I have major questions reguarding ways to work on a Mac, I sure could use advice on) But I figured Im currently working on something productive. And while it's not quite a model, it seems like this may be a good place to talk about it sooo here goes! (sorry if this doesn't fit the posting criteria of this forum, like I said, I'm a noob!)

    Ok... So for Christmas I was given a set of Star Wars candy jars. I received Vader and a Stormtrooper. I later bought Boba Fett to complete the collection. I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with them though. But I just got a new scroll saw. Just goofing around with my saw, I cut out a silouette of Boba Fett from a pumpkin stencil I found on google. And I really liked how it turned out. So I decided a great first project for my saw would be to build a custom shelf to display my candy jars on. Complete with backlighting.

    I have made decent progress but am currently without a way to post my pictures. (Hoping to have some up by later tonight or tomorow)

    So, that's really it for now. Just wanted to introduce myself and tell y'all what I've been workin on! Also, anybody that's tech savvy and wants to talk tech with me I'd be appreciative. (was dead set on buying a mac till I found out that pep wont work on a mac. So I need to find out if there are easy ways around it or if I'm stuck buying a PC...) Any advice or comments are always welcome. Thanks!
     
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  2. ReverendCasey

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    Re: Quick Intro and a Star Wars shelf build

    Ok guys I'm back... Here are some shots of tHe current progress and process... Like I said befor, I'm currently sans computer so that means no printer either. But no biggy. So I found stencils on the google for Vader, ST, and Boba. Then drew them out onto my pad
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    After I had them drawn out I used spray adhesive to stick them to the wood. For wood I'm using 3/8" pine craft board because it's easy. Once my patterns were on I drilled all my holes and started sawing.
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    Here is Vader with some red light shining behind it to give ya an idea of what I'm going for.
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    Sooo, the plan is to build the three of them in their own boxes. And connect the three boxes with a bar across the back. The whole thing will be stained black with colored glass in them. Red for Vader, green for Boba, and blue for the StormTrooper. And they will have LED lights in each. I will post more later
     
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  3. MonsieurTox

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    I love it ! And welcome aboard !
     
  4. SciFiMuseum

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    Nice! That is a great idea can't wait to see the finished shelf.

    Welcome to the forum.
     
  5. Plane Crazy

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    That is very cool. I too can't wait to see more updates on this.
     
  6. ReverendCasey

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    Hey guys. Thanks for the possitive feedback. I'll get a few more pics up later. The boxs are pretty much all together though.
     
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  7. ReverendCasey

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    Hey all. I've got some pics to post here.
    Here is the light kit I snagged from Lowe's. It should be pretty perfect.
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    I went to the glass shop and came home with these three pieces. I know it makes more sense to do the Storm Trooper in white, but I'm going with blue because i think white would look too plain next to the red Vader and green Boba.
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    The plan is to put the colored stuff inside the cutouts and then use clear glass on the tops. It's nice because the candy jars are a tad smaller than the boxs so there should be a little bit of white light that shines up onto them.

    Here is the Vader box with all four sides on. Right now I left all the bottoms off because it'll be easier to work the stain into the cutouts and it'll be easier to install the lights.
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    This is a close up of the steps I put in the top. Where the clear glass wil sit.
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    And here is a shot of the three boxs together.
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    I filled all my seams with wood filler to prevent light from escaping. And hid all of my nail holes.
    I plan on mounting them onto a 3' piece of 2"x2". Going across the top. I'll route out the back so I can hide the wiring. After all, I want it to look nice and clean. Toward to bottoms of the boxes I'm going to hide a small chunk of 2"x2" on each of them. That should help them fight gravity and prevent them from sagging.
    Here is a shot of them with the 2"x2" clamped on the back and the lights hanging in the back :)
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    The only thing I'm still trying to figure out is how I plan to hang the shelf as a whole. I have a few ideas in mind but haven't fully decided on anything...

    Sooo that's about it for now. I have some satin black minwax, I'm gonna give them the first coat tonight hopefully. Gonna have a busy week. But I reaaallly hope to have this thing wrapped up by the end of the week.

    Hope you guys enjoy the progress! And any suggestions on mounting the shelf are greatly appreciated!
     
  8. ReverendCasey

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    Hey all. Here is a quick peek at the boxes with the first coat of stain down.
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    But I've ran into a small roadblock, with my glass. I tested out the new stuff I brought home. And the green and blue are both a little too thick so the light doesn't shine thru like I wanted. As I result, I'll have to switch to a lighter opaque color. Or maybe just go get three translucent panels. But I wont have time to get out to the glass shop again till the weekend likely. I was planning on mounting the lights and attaching the bottoms but All of this has me feeling pretty emo about the project lol. Stay tuned
     
  9. MonsieurTox

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    Great ! Why dont you use just color gels instead of glass ?
     
  10. thehorndogg

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    would have never thought of the pumpkin stencils. Liking the progress
     
  11. ReverendCasey

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    I'm afraid I'm not familiar with what your talking about? Idk... I was going with glass because I have a kiln in the basement lol it just kinda made sense to buy glass and then use what's left for my other endeavors. But at this point I'm certainly up for suggestions.
     
  12. Garthok

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    I am loving these, what a great idea. Welcome aboard too
     
  13. MonsieurTox

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    Thats what we use on set (for the lights), those are heat resistant (to à certain degree of course). Here's a better explanation :

    Color gel - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Hope this helps !
     
  14. ReverendCasey

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    Thanks for the info! However in reading that, I found that they have a short life and fade. As someone that has worked with them, can I ask you what the longevity of them truely is? I wouldn't want them to fade away on me. And while I'm sure those little LED pucks don't get as hot as studio lights, it does heat up in those little boxes.

    Also, How easy are they to work with? Specifically cutting them. Thanks!
     
  15. MonsieurTox

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    Well dont worry about the fade, they are perfectly calibrated and can be altered over time but that's only a problem when you're shooting with a camera, because they're a lot more sensible than the eye ! And if after some years you think you should replace them, go for it ! A sheet is quite cheap ! :)

    As for cutting, just a hobby knife with a ruler for a clean cut or scissors if you're in a rush, they cut like a sheet of paper ! :)
     
  16. ReverendCasey

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    Well thanks for the advice MonsieurTox! I'be went ahead and ordered a pack from amazon. So that takes me out of my end of the week self-imposed deadline. Project will be on the back burner for a while. But once it picks up again I'll be sure to post progress.
     
  17. youngwm

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    Man this is great and inspiring.. Can't wait to see the shelf when finished very inspiring.
     
  18. ReverendCasey

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    Hey all... Sorry it's been a while. Kind of fell off of the motivation wagon. Buuut my color gels came in the mail Saturday and they are perfect sooo im back to being excited :) (Big ups to Monsieur once again for the tip!) I have classes from 8-4 all week but I'm hoping to work on this in the evenings and with any luck I should have her on the wall by the weekend! Stay tuned.
     
  19. opal1970

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    Hey Casey,

    very nice idea, those are going to look very nice once you are done. definatly "Like".

    Jason
     
  20. MonsieurTox

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    Glad the gels work fine ! :)

    Cant wait to see some new pics ! :)
     
  21. Cornfoot

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    This is very cool! I am having visions of doing something similar. So many possibilities... Imperial and Rebel Alliance logos from Star Wars; the Star Trek symbol; the text from the One Ring; the Time Lord's seal; etc...
     
  22. R2B9

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    These look great!

    Light boxes with images are awesome- the possibilities are endless. I'm thinking of what could be done with those color shifting LED lights, for example.
     
  23. ReverendCasey

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    Hey guys I'm back! Not too much to report but here Is the current state of things. Everything is stained and ready for assembly. I'm going to knock it down one last time with 220 grit paper. Then I'll put it all together and throw a third coat of stain on for good measure.

    Here's my color gels. They should work perfect!
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    I tried my hand using my router for the first time.... LOL FAIL! I reeeeally need to buy a router table befor my next project. Because it is jagged! Luckily it's gonna be the back of the piece. I later found out that I should have taken little bits at a time instead of trying to rip in 3/4" deep lol. But you live and learn. So I routed the 2x2 with a 1/2" bit. Thats where i will hide the wires. Here it is with the stain. (Sorry for the terrible iPhone pics in this thread, it's all I have! :/ )
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    Here are the little feet that will mount on the back of the boxes to prevent them from sagging. They are pretty small so from most angles you won't even know they are there.
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    And here are the boxes with the second coat on them! Real bad glare on them in the pics but they look much nicer in person.
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    They are so close to done. Expect progress soon. And thanks for stoppin in!
     
  24. ReverendCasey

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    Well I have no pics ATM, but it's like 95%! I cut the clear glass for the tops. Everything is put together and I'm finally done staining. Tomorrow I just have to glue in the color gels and hide all the wiring and it's done! Pics tomorrow!
     

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