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pbarny
post Jun 14 2004, 12:00 AM
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Since I build everything of mine from wood and not styrafoam....

Always know how to operate the tool you are using. From the Simple Drill to the Table saw to the Jig Saw.

Always wear safety glasses.

Invest in some good framing squares, tape measures, levels etc. This makes the addage measure twice cut once a whole lot more friendly.

Use plywood, mdf, masonite, fiber board, etc. Cheaper material, takes paint reasonaly well. But some things work better for flooring, others for walls etc. Note on plywood, you can use the CDX (sheething grade) with a good sanding, it's as good as the cabinet grade stuff. Also, the 1/8 inch plywood is reasonable "flexible" if you give it some sort of anchors at various points. I go with 3/8" plywood for bases and 1/8 inch for walls.

Wall height in most of my dioramas is 6 inches. Take one sheet, rip several strips length wise. Be aware, plywood may not be perfectly square, so first and last "strips" may not quite be 6 inches.

Plan out accordingly on each sheet what you use so waste is kept to minimum.

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post Sep 23 2004, 12:43 PM
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How do you attach your panels together? Glue or screws?
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post Sep 23 2004, 03:24 PM
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QUOTE (Graeber @ Sep 23 2004, 11:43 AM)
How do you attach your panels together? Glue or screws?

Depends on if i want it to hold the weight of something else. If it is a decorative element, glue. Otherwise, I tend to screw everything together. This assumes you buy small or large enough screws, have a small enough bit to drill pilot holes, use countersinks etc.


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post Sep 23 2004, 05:16 PM
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I'm toying, no pun intended dry.gif , of using hollow core wood doors for some of the main horizontal shelving pieces of my display cases. These doors, usually 1-3/4" thick, easily support 3 computer monitors and various desk stuff in my office at home. 16" to 18" wide doors, normally used as bi-fold doors, can be secured to plywood or MDF ends to form boxes that can be hung on the wall similar to cabinets.

I'll let everyone know how they turn out soon because I have a December 15th deadline to get the shelving complete before our families come up for Christmas! I'll also post progress photos.


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post Sep 23 2004, 05:38 PM
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I've been thinking of using some old folding closet doors myself....as far as it goes, weight bearing and Star Wars things are mutually exclusive terms.....You only have to worry about things holding up if it has something valuable on it that weights something.


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post Sep 24 2004, 11:51 AM
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The heaviest things would be At-Ats, Falcons, or shuttles. Properly supported on the back and sides, it should be fine.


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post Sep 24 2004, 04:22 PM
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If you got a Republic or Command Gunship those are pretty beefy for the Star Wars line. But still, nothing in the line is even close to being as heavy as say books or artwork.


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post Dec 28 2005, 11:27 AM
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O.k. since I am now venturing in to the wood working line (well I hope) can I have a list of tools.I know my dremel is one and a jig saw.Anything else?

O and also is this a good jig saw to start with?

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post Dec 28 2005, 08:11 PM
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List of tools for modeling, diorama building, or cabinet making?

For my SW shelving HERE, I had:
1) 10" table saw with 24" max extendable side and rear feeds (Tradesman)
2) 12" Mitre Box (with homemade cutting jigs) (Delta)
3) Handheld Jigsaw (Black and Decker)
4) 7" handheld circular saw (Skil)
5) 18V Cordless Drill (DeWalt)
6) Pneumatic Finish and Brad Nailer (Stanley Bostich)
7) Pocket Screw Jig w/bit

Work diorama building, I also have a Dremel and table top skill saw that was my fathers, don't even know if it works! laugh.gif


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post Dec 28 2005, 09:34 PM
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So now whats the best way to attach walls?Air nailing?


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post Dec 28 2005, 10:22 PM
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QUOTE
So now whats the best way to attach walls?Air nailing?

For what? Attaching TO walls? or making a diorama WITH walls?

I'm not following.... blink.gif

If you're refering to the walls Paul mentions, nailing into the end of plywood isn't the greatest because the nail can pull out. However, some good construction glue with a few brads should be alright.


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post Dec 28 2005, 11:48 PM
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the with walls part.I thought nailin' them to the end would be a good Idea..........There's glue strong enough to hold a plywood wall?!


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post Dec 29 2005, 01:49 PM
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Epoxy glue, yes. Elmer's wood glue, no.


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post Dec 29 2005, 02:36 PM
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I was gonna say..... (I didn't think elmers woodglue was that strong)

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post Jun 15 2006, 11:26 PM
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Alright, time to post something new to this since I'm in the process of making some book cases and some deep shelving for my SW stuff to reflect the tools I've gotten since my last post.

Here's the list of tools I have here to build it:
Plunge Router 12.1 AMP Electronic braking (tool shop) with a variety of bits
7.25" Circular Saw (Craftsman)
4 Amp Jig Saw (Black and Decker)
18V Cordless Drill w/multiple batteries, countersink set, and pocket screw jig (Tool Shop and various)
Hand Saw Miter Box
Variable Speed Rotary Tool (Tool Shop w/ dremel router attachment and dremel bits)
4 foot straight edge
Bar, Spring and C-Clamps
Small assortment of screw drivers, needle nose pliers, pliers, and 1 adjustable crescent wrench
3/8" Staple/Brad Nailer (Black and Decker)
Epoxy glue
(The table saw is at my parents in storage)

One thing with the router, since i'm making dadoes: best to match the bit width to the width of the piece being inserted into the dado. Means I got a nice set of 3/4 and 1/4" bits since the router itself came with a 5/8" and a decent, 1/4" but the set was too good to pass up (Diamond Carbide for under $30).

Note on what I'm building. I shouldn't need any fastners or glue for these projects, because I want to be able to easily take them apart if/when xin and I have to move again. I will however not tempt fate and will use some screws in the toe kick and top and bottom shelves minimally.


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