Star Wars - The wooden side of the force! #2: R2D2

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Blog entry by fuzzual posted 02-02-2013 06:30 PM 7779 reads 6 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Alrights wood fans, i tested the water with my Star Wars Poker Room, and it seems that folks are pretty receptive for my unusual hobby. So I thought I would share another with you.

My Poker table really needed a series of cocktail tables to hold drinks and snacks. But if your playing poker in a space ship you cant have just any cocktail table. So I figured, “why not R2 units with removable trays?”

So here you have them, still very much in progress, but getting closer all the time. hope you enjoy!

In there current condition:

And here is a look at the build process. We are currently casting the original pieces to speed up the build, but everything, and I mean everything, was built by hand first. We carved, lathed, cut, sanded, re-sanded, and sanded again. It has been an absolute blast so far, and I can’t wait to have four of these little guys fully completed in the poker room!

PVC sewer pipe for the body, on our custom R2 Router Turn Table!

And then we get to the “wood” part; the legs, feet, and just about everything else on this little guy!

The eye is pretty fun too!

There were certainly a ton of little things as well that had to be turned out on the lathe:

or just hand carved

had to cut a few legs also . . .

We used a restaurant style cake lid for the dome!

it looks pretty good painted.

And here’s what two years work looks like cast and laid out on the table!

Some cool close up shots . . .

R2’s work day!

Hope you enjoyed! Thanks for looking!


-- I am pretty sure i can make that out of MDF.

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#1 posted 02-02-2013 07:14 PM

Oh, that is just too cool. That is a amazing amount of work there.

-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies, the wall gets in the way AAANNNDDD table saws BITE my fingers!!!.. - Mike -

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#2 posted 02-02-2013 08:00 PM

Wow Brian, this is way too cool! You are an genius and quite a woodworker too. I am way to old for this sort of thing, but my kids (one 38 and the other 45) along with my grandkids will love this. In fact, I like it a lot myself. MORE PLEASE!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 02-02-2013 08:11 PM

These are freaking awesome!

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#4 posted 02-02-2013 08:39 PM

Thank you all very much, glad to,share it. When you put this much time into a project it is great to share with people who appreciate what it takes.

-- I am pretty sure i can make that out of MDF.

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#5 posted 02-02-2013 08:54 PM

I want one! simply brilliant and will documented

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#6 posted 02-02-2013 09:05 PM

Simply, Out of this world!!!

Yeah, you’re a geek….
A very determined, imaginative & talented geek, err wood worker!!! “Creative Artist” really.

I’d bet you could do Hollywood work, right from Colorado, as everything could be communicated digitally, then shipped. You certainly have the nack for it. Are there dimensional plans of the R2 units, that you build from or do you “just eyeball” it? I know my brother had dimensional info for the “Star Trek” Enterprise, that one could reference, I wonder if the same exists for “Star Wars”???

Either way, absolutely amazing!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#7 posted 02-03-2013 01:02 AM

This nerd approves!

-- Brian Timmons -

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#8 posted 02-03-2013 01:06 AM

Thanks again,!

FYI, for DIY, you can find all the detailed schematics to build your own on the Yahoo R2 Builders club. Nthey agve a complete set of blueprints there.

And there is certainly more documented star wars builds on

-- I am pretty sure i can make that out of MDF.

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#9 posted 02-03-2013 02:10 AM

Totally awesome! What do they look like in cocktail table mode?

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#10 posted 02-03-2013 02:38 AM

These are, as everyone says, awesome!

I don’t feel right saying just that so I will say extremely awesome!

If I understand correctly you made the parts, created molds of the parts, and then cast them? Do you have any photos of the mold making and casting process?

If that is the case, you can make the parts over and over again!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#11 posted 02-03-2013 07:00 AM

What detail! That is a work of art.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#12 posted 02-03-2013 09:47 AM

too cool… too cool

-- Rome wasn't built in a day... but I wasn't on that job? ...

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#13 posted 02-03-2013 10:50 PM

Wow I thought the room was really cool. These are awesome. Keep the projects coming, way cool.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#14 posted 02-04-2013 08:41 PM

Thank you all, I don’t have them finished yet, so unfortunately there are no images of them in”cocktail mode” but as soon as I do, I will post them.

I do have some images of the mold and casting process, and I will get them uploaded soon. Thanks again for looking

-- I am pretty sure i can make that out of MDF.

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#15 posted 02-04-2013 08:53 PM

Again, WOW!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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