Stargate Atlantis Dogbone Wall Light - [Build] [Finished]

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jessec

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Howdy Folks! :) Hope all well.

Stargate Atlantis has such amazing pieces, the whole set design has fascinated me from the day i first watched it ! I love building stuff from SGA. This dogbone light from Weir's/Woolsy's and Sam Carter's Office has been on #2 to do lights on my list. So here i give it a try to build.

I have been discussing this light with my mate andy for over a year now, it is only right that this gets built. Side Note: Andy my mate is also building one of these beauties - we both have the SGA bug i guess or more importantly we are Stargate fans all the way.

Here is a set of these in the background.


Here is one Screenshot from propworx auctions of this light



Here is the progress so far.

The Entire Light Measures about : 36"
Built up in Different Layers : Some Layers will be Glued Together to form one layer, and to achieve strength and thickness.
For the Crystals I will use Clear Acrylic 3/8 thick from tap plastics. Cut Locally
Lighting : Not yet decided Yet : Might Try-Slimline-Fluorescent.

Step 1 : Cut the Base out from .254inch sheet of MDF



Small Top Profile cut out, top has a half 'Y' like profile. In total 4 of these will be needed.




Fangs - these need to be higher than every other profile. So i will cut 8 of these from a 0.245inch Sheet of MDF.





Top View - Gets The Fangs







Full View - with four of the profile pieces.





Thats all i was able to do until last night :)
 
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andy19422

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Re: Stargate Atlantis Dogbone Wall Light From the Office - [Build]

Looks great mate. Did you notice in the Atlantis pic that the lights are hung different ways up:lol
 

jessec

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Re: Stargate Atlantis Dogbone Wall Light From the Office - [Build]

Looks great mate. Did you notice in the Atlantis pic that the lights are hung different ways up:lol
Yes Mate ! Maybe the prop guys were doing some sort of prank or trying to change things up!
(you remember this picture from i think yr ago-you shared it)
 

jessec

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Re: Stargate Atlantis Dogbone Wall Light From the Office - [Build]

Cut The Smaller Middle Bone-Profile










Profile Pieces on The Middle Bone.



Entire Light - With all the profile Pieces







Blue-To see the all the lines



Next : Will Glue Everything together but still keep some the whole light in 3 layers.
 

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sciroccojunky

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Re: Stargate Atlantis Dogbone Wall Light - [Build]

nice work jesse. seems you and andy are running parallel paths. Liking this a lot. Hope one of you two or both make some molds and sell some copies. those would like nice on my wall too.

great job!
 

jessec

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Re: Stargate Atlantis Dogbone Wall Light - [Build]

Excellent stuff :thumbsup
Thanks mate!


nice work jesse. seems you and andy are running parallel paths. Liking this a lot. Hope one of you two or both make some molds and sell some copies. those would like nice on my wall too.

great job!
Thanks mate! Yess!! Me and Andy has been discussing this light for quite some time! And u won't believe it, This is the third attempt I have made to build this light! The first two failed ! Scale was messed up and then the winter came. But this time I hope to finish it.

I might mold it but m not sure mate it's pretty big 36"

But I am sure my mate Andy is going to be molding his version :)
 

sciroccojunky

Active Member
Re: Stargate Atlantis Dogbone Wall Light - [Build]

I'd actually like both. Smaller one that andy is making and a larger one from you. Pondering picking up a few from andy and use as sconces around the house. And a copy of yours would make a nice extra lamp in my bedroom opposite my chevron light from andy. But a couple in the hall and in the entry way would be some nice places. Wish someone would make some of those orai sconces. Been wanting some of those as my porch lights. Sans rust and whatnot however. Meant to pick up some chicklet lights but missed out on those unfortunately.



Thanks mate!




Thanks mate! Yess!! Me and Andy has been discussing this light for quite some time! And u won't believe it, This is the third attempt I have made to build this light! The first two failed ! Scale was messed up and then the winter came. But this time I hope to finish it.

I might mold it but m not sure mate it's pretty big 36"

But I am sure my mate Andy is going to be molding his version :)
 

andy19422

Sr Member
Re: Stargate Atlantis Dogbone Wall Light - [Build]

Wish someone would make some of those orai sconces. I am thinking 0f making these at the moment. Stefan bought one of the rusty ones that I can take measurements from he has a separate clean light that I can mold to vacuum form. Just give me all your money now mate :lol
 

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stefanchik

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Re: Stargate Atlantis Dogbone Wall Light - [Build]

The Ori sconces are awesome
I've no idea what the bulbs are made of, but the plastic stuff is awesome
- I run 80 watt halogen bulbs in them and though they get white hot, the plastic stuff doesnt melt

- but dont plan on seeing them anytime soon Lance, as when I get all the stuff from Propstore, VIP, Propworx, and Legends Memorabilia delivered , then Andy'. First job is gonna be making ancients weaponry that has tentacles and a yellow tummy :)
 

jessec

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Re: Stargate Atlantis Dogbone Wall Light - [Build]

guys is this the one we are talking about.? i had started to design one - i hope to work on this one after the dogbone is finished.

Stefan is right - I've been looking and looking i haven't found anything remotely close to the glass casing used. It looks something like that will be found in the boating industry. :)



 
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jessec

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Re: Stargate Atlantis Dogbone Wall Light - [Build]

So i spent the entire evening cutting another base layer to achieve the thickness. Next time i think i might just go with thicker MDF, it will save tons of times.




Here is all the pieces that will go into making the light (no light box here yet).







The base layers glued up and clamped down.





This was the hardest part : the alignment of the top arrow head looking pieces, if i do this wrong on one side the entire thing will be outa whack.
The crystal holes helped align the top half K looking pieces, the bottoms i had to measure





Next is the smaller arrow profiles on the center spine. For this i used a simple and effective method, as you can see two 1/8 pieces put together and sandwiched to make sure its aligned properly. I will use this method to align all the arrows.





I am very happy with how the pieces align and look after glued down.



Top view





Three hrs later - its all glued up



Here it is standing up!

 

jessec

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Re: Stargate Atlantis Dogbone Wall Light - [Build]

I started to work on, the lightbox that will hold the LEDs and the crystals.
since no store around me sells thick enough MDF i had to use two layers. I am shooting for 1.5inchs in total thickness.







Cut the box in two section since it was too long.
i will use the notch method to make it easy for gluing.







full Length



This is where the box for rgb LEDs will sit, this is 2"x3.

 

jessec

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Re: Stargate Atlantis Dogbone Wall Light - [Build]

Next I built out the Lightbox a little more.



So I spent fair amount of my day creating a machanism to attach the rare box to the light's front profile.

The goal was to make the Lightbox detachable. I did not want to use glue and have the box permanently attached. As it would cause issues just in case something goes wrong and the light needs to be taken apart.

Puls I wanted to make it so it can all be taken apart if the need ever comes about.

The light box will also work as support spine for the front profile.
It is 1"1/2 thick.



To attach the light box is first cut 3"1/2 blocks and glued them onto
The front profile's back.


Once both the Lightbox and the profile were aligned I routed a 1.29" notch, thru the blocks and the Lightbox.




Now that I have the side holds taken care of. It's time to add up and down supports. These will keep the Lightbox from sliding down or just I case gravity goes away sliding up!!

I will
Just use the heavy duty paint stirs from lowes and cut them right where they curve, beats making it from scratch.





This is where these stops will go. These will be glued down.



Metal plates will be screwed down on the back.



I used 5mm plywood to cut test - crystal fit. I will be using 5mm acrylic to cut out the crystals.





Next I filled in all the gaps - and joints.
I use Elmers wood filler- this stuff is the best it goes on easy, comes off easy and the end result is very good.

The best thing about this product is, it drys pretty fast. I usually wait until it turns white color which indicates it's completely dry.

Another reason I use this is less incompabilities with primers.

For example : if you use certain putty then u gotta make sure u use oil base primer otherwise the results will not be very good. But with this stuff there's no worry you can use any primer water base or oil base.



Once all the filler was dry, it spent about two hours sanding the entire piece and filling in gaps more and sanding again.

Once that was done, I used a blower to blow away all the powder away. After that I laid a thick coat of Killz white primer, I will leave this to dry and once It's all dry I will begin another sanding session.
 

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jessec

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Re: Stargate Atlantis Dogbone Wall Light - [Build]

So last weekend i was able to sand the whole thing once again, and fill in some of the imperfections..



Another round on bondo and sanding.
on this project i think i have done nearly 4-5hrs of sanding and finishing.





This weekend i has some time and i started on the paint.


The paint goes on, for this prop i wasn't shooting for exact match as the original prop. I wanted to add a metallic element, which is not present on the original prop. I believe it will not be too far from the original but still have a slightly different look..

first layer - i tested it on the back box


It looks good - so hear goes nothing..



Sponged the metallic onto the whole piece.


more metallic






After adding the metallic, i sponged another layer of coffee and copper onto the entire piece.



 

andy19422

Sr Member
Re: Stargate Atlantis Dogbone Wall Light - [Build]

That's looking great mate, have you worked out hop to cut the crystals?
 

Philly

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Re: Stargate Atlantis Dogbone Wall Light - [Build]

How long are the crystals?
 

jessec

Well-Known Member
Re: Stargate Atlantis Dogbone Wall Light - [Build]

That's looking great mate, have you worked out hop to cut the crystals?
Hello mate! Two more coats of paint still need to go up, to being it towards wood or more coffee color.

Yes mate I did figure that out, I will just need put some MDF down to raise the waste board on the Cnc then I could put the acrylic in there it becomes sort of open end machine will take two rounds of cuts to cut one crystal, ll have to b careful but it can b done. I just have to order the O-flute.it's a task for sure.

How long are the crystals?
Hello mate. The crystals are
As in length.
1 is - 27" 11/16
2 are - 25" 3/16

Could you cut these!?
 
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jessec

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Re: Stargate Atlantis Dogbone Wall Light - [Build]

So after drying it looks like this!
Now m having serious second thoughts about adding more coffe n tan to this.....

What do you fellas think!?
More paint or just leave it as is!

 

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