CREATIVE IMAGINEERING | A ‘STAR TREK’ THEMED WORKSTATION | PART 3

Wow! I got a lot of work done this last week!

All painted up in Jotun brand Jazz Grey. It’s looking so good!

While the paint was drying on the main console I started working on the side table. This is an adaptation of the design from Captain Kirk’s quarters, and all other officer’s quarters.

Source: https://lanceparkin.wordpress.com/2013/12/19/trekonomics/

In my design I haven’t raked the wedge as much, and the table is backing against that bulkhead, or whatever it is. My table is square on the left side because it will stand against the right-hand side of the main console. The small cabinet underneath will carry the shape of the lower console through a little more, and provided some extra shelving.

Firstly I started building the small shelf cabinet. I only had one large piece of the old set of drawers left, so I used that for the angled wall, and I used smaller pieces joined together for the other sections. At the start though I decided to change the design by moving the wall that butts up against the side of the console inwards allowing space for electrical wiring. I’m now planning to place on top a ‘computer’ unit as often seen throughout the show. This unit will simply contain whatever switches and buttons I need, plus LED’s covered by gem-glass marbles. Perhaps something like the unit shown on the left of this photo, but maybe smaller:

Source: https://filmjunk.com/images/weblog/treknobabble50_10.jpg

These photos show the changed design. It had the benefit too that I was able to use up some of the smaller pieces of scrap to build it. Another change to the design was that I decided not to raise the bottom shelf, I’m happy with it as it is. I still have plenty of offcuts left, but I still have plenty of work to do too!

Wish the blemishes fixed up and two coats of white undercoat and two coats of grey topcoat it’s really looking the part.

I then selected two more pieces of the wood recovered from the gym that closed down and marked out the shape of the table top (upside-down of course!). I had to make a few adjustments to the size of the top, mainly due to the top of the main console being different in size to the originally plan, but this was just a small thing. My big problem was marking out the 71.6 degree angle. I don’t have a builder’s or cabinet maker’s protractor of any kind, at least, not here in Thailand. There is one in the kit of tools that Dad left for me, but it is still in Australia. So, my wife actually gave me the solution, simply print one on paper. So I did! And I marked on the paper protractor the angle that I needed, and it all worked perfectly.

I used ratchet straps to glue the two planks together, and screwed two metal plates as additional reinforcement.

The next day it was time to cut out the top. I used old spirit levels and clamps to provide guides for my circular saw. Obviously this would be a lot easy to do on a table saw, but I don’t have one, so I’m making do with what I have. You will notice in the photo on the left above that I position the spirit level – the fence, on the wrong side of the line. It interfered with the motor body of the saw, so I moved the fence to the other side of the line. It’s the firest time I’ve tried doing this, so trial and error ruled the day!

Cutting went really well I’m pleased to say …

… and I couldn’t be happier!

The photo left above shows the cabinet screwed down to the top. You will notice a metal plate visible inside the top of the cabinet that was used to join together the two planks that make up the top. I decided to remove that plate as it was no longer needed. Fastening down the cabinet negated the need of that plate.

The photo on the right above shows the first marking out and cutting of the main legs for the table. The piece on the left is the upright leg next to the cabinet. The other piece is the angled leg on the end of the table.

Oops, despite my efforts I must have mixed up some measurements and totaly messed up on that angled leg.

So, I had to cut a new angled leg, and this one fitted perfectly. The bad leg wasn’t a total waste, I was able to cut it down a little more to make the bottom rail for the legs. So, all in all, hardly any unnecessary waste resulted from the mistake.

I think the original set-builders probably screwed through the top of the table to fasten the legs, and I’m sure the legs were sandwiched using plywood. I used solid wood for my legs, and screwing through the already stained and varnished top was not an option, so I departed from screen-accuracy a bit and used short wood blocks cut from leftover material to fasten the legs down to the top. They will largly be invisible anyway, unless your sitting on the floor! The bottom rail was also screwed to the legs in an unconventional way, but this is fairly discreet, so I’m not concerned about that. So, that’s where I finished on Saturday afternoon.

Yesterday I painted the whole unit with white undercoat and two coats of grey, which finished off my first 1L tin. I’m so glad I bought two tins!

This morning I turned the table over so that it could stand on it’s own legs for the first time, and doesn’t it look a treat! All I have to do now is clean up the paint-runs around the edge and paint up the edges and it’s as good as done, at least, until I’m ready to install the electrics!

Coming up this week, and beyond!

The next step is to spray paint the brackets and mounting pylons for the computer hardware.

Source: Star Trek Episode 24 “This Side Of Paradise”

This photo shows what is inside these consoles, on the show at least. Basically a lot of technical-looking junk. In this episode Spock had just been making some adjustments to send a high frequency signal through the communicators to break the power of an alien microbe on all of the Enterprise crew. Inside my cabinet will be all my PC hardware: motherboard, power supply, cables, etc. Although there isn’t much color shown in this photo, I’m going to go all out with it and use the standard engineering colours of red and yellow to pretty things up.

This photo shows you what I am thinking. I’ll also use a number of rafts leftover from 3D printing as backing plates for these installations.

The final big componants of this build are the storage cabinet with doors that will go along the left side of the unit, which will have to be built in two pieces so that I can carry it up our winding stairs, and the ‘shroud’ which will go around the PC monitor to make it more like a viewscreen in the conference room set. This shroud might well be extended over the end of the cabinet to include another small monitor mounted vertically for use when needed. Of course there will be other additionals like the small ‘computer’ which will simply be a switch panel for switching things on and off, as well as containing the start and reset buttons for the PC. I’d like also to add in time a table top monitor like the one pictured near the beginning of this post. I’m also considering making a communications panel as a smart home interfact. But, all these additional things can come in time, there’s no rush.

I am also considering the possibility of going beyond this build and redecorating the whole room, which isn’t all that big. I have a tall cabinet with five sections each with doors. I also have most of the drawers from the two drawer sets that I dismantled and recycled for this current build. I’m considering mounting the drawers on the side of this tall cabinet, alternative between big and small drawers, with PVC pipe painted yellow and red like in the Jeffries Tubes. This unit could then display all my models, and the enclosed cabinet could hold my model tools, parts, magazines, etc. But that’s a way off yet!

So many plans, I hope I find the time!

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