20000 Leagues Framed
I finally got around to framing the two posters I bought at the Mondo Disney show a few months back. Michaels had a deal this weekend that I couldn’t pass up. The 20,000 Leagues poster by Martin Ansin is an odd size (12″ x 36″) and I was planning to just make custom frames for both. Instead, I bought two of the 24″ x 36″ frames, surgically separated one of the sides, cut the top and bottom down (and the backing board), and put it all seamlessly back together. I had already purchased two pieces of glass that switched out with the plastic the frames came with. The Rocketeer poster is by Cesar Moreno.
That show had a ton of amazing posters, but these two were my favorites and I had to get them. They look pretty sweet on the wall.
Large Ico Prototype
This is a cardboard prototype I put together for a custom icosahedron order I may be building for someone on etsy. The final will be made of sturdier materials. This prototype was mostly to determine size, which was a little too big.
LEGO Saturn V
For Father’s day this year, my family got me the LEGO Ideas Saturn V rocket. It’s huge! I have no idea where I’m going to display it. I actually ran to the LEGO store here in town a few weeks prior once I saw they had sold out online and was lucky that they still had two left when I got there. A couple shots from the build are below.
Saturn V Build
Our little cat absolutely loves playing under a piece of cardboard we fold up as a tent for him. But it always falls down, so I thought I’d make him a permanent one he could jump on.
I cut two or three wardrobe boxes into 1 1/2 inch strips on my bandsaw and then into 15 1/4 inch lengths with a 30 degree bevel on each side. I forgot to buy more glue so the above picture was as far as I got with what I had. It will be about 2 feet long when it’s complete.
Feets of Cardboard
Master Sword Painted
We finally finished up the master sword with stain, paint, and a clear coat.
Master Sword stain mask
Master Sword detail paints
Master Sword Painted
Master sword finished
This afternoon after church, we finished the master sword! Well cutting and assembling, we still need to stain some parts and paint on some details.
I decided that while the jig idea I found would probably have worked, I would just cut the parts on the scroll saw this time to get it done this weekend. I still have the templates if I want to make any more and build the jigs. Pictures of the final steps and assembly below.
pieces cut out and “sharp edge” routed
The sled setup I used to dado out the recess that wraps the blade
Gluing on the the crossguards
Cutting triangles for the Tri-Force. I cheat too often and use the computer to draw angles, so I thought I should resort to some 8th grade math.
This was how the sword compared to the cardboard mock-up. We decided to make it longer after we’d cut out the mock-up.
Master sword finished
Crossguard template cut
Blade and handle template cut
Templates screwed to production boards
Quickly trimmed on scrollsaw and ready for first trim bit attempt
Yesterday we got started building my son’s Master Sword from Legend of Zelda. We started with paper templates to cut some wooden templates from. The idea was to then screw the templates to the final boards and reproduce them with a router trim bit.
Holding them by hand on my router table caused a ton of chipping, tear-outs, and throwing the wood around. I’m gonna have to try a jig similar to this or just scrollsaw all the pieces.
Golden Eye LEGO mech
Yesterday, my oldest and I were building some LEGO mechs in the living room, and this is what I ended up with. It’s construction is very similar to my last one.
LEGO Mech stripped
Almost 2 1/2 years ago I built my oldest son a Dwarven Axe to his specifications and now my youngest has decided what he would like me to make him. He’s been playing lots of Zelda lately, though we don’t have a Switch, and wanted me to build him a wooden Master Sword. The design above is what I planned out and finally settled on based on pictures and a cardboard mock-up we made to test the scale and measurements. We bought the board for it last weekend and should be cutting on Saturday. Hopefully I remember to take pictures throughout the process. I still haven’t gotten my oldest to decide what he wants to do with his axe. Teenagers…
sword cardboard mock-up