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How it began

I tend to make strange things. Often my inspiration comes from allowing my mind to wander freely, going whereever it seems to want to go. Part of this process is to allow, or even encourage, free association with dis-similar things. So it was when Prometheus Transformed began.

In the beginning I was having an on-line conversation with a woman who grew up when the Transformer toys were getting started. She's a fanatic about them. Anyway, as we talked I began to consider what I would do if I made a transformer of some type. What would it become? How would it transform?

There didn't seem to be much point to having it change from a vehicle into a robot, since there's not much you can do with a wooden vehicle, at least not inside the house. So, my mind went elsewhere, and locked up on the idea of a Wooten desk. Strange, but…true.

So, imagine a purple robot standing in your house, over six feet tall, dominating the room. Then imagine that you could transform him into a computer desk, complete with all the nooks, drawers, and cubbyholes that make Wooten desks so amazing. That's what this will do. It's taken a whole mess of drawing to design the transformation elements, and I'm not done with all of them yet. However, the bottom third…the legs…are nearly complete so I can include a couple pictures.

The rules: It's all wood, with very few exceptions. It's all natural colors…no stain, no paint. The only exception is some ebonized white ash…only because good ebony just plain costs too much. It must appear to be a "normal" robot when in that mode…there should be no visual hint it does something else.

It would take hundreds of pictures to explain the whole thing, and at some point I will post a youtube video of the finished piece being transformed so you can see all the magic happen. For now, still frames will have to do.

This first picture is the leg assembly, approaching completion. The two legs had been created, and were being assembled together when this was taken. The woods are purpleheart, yellowheart, and a mix of others including padauk, white maple, beech, satine, hickory, and even some poplar.

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Now, in keeping with my very odd sense of humor, I felt free to wander far from the original Transformers, so my robot, being properly dressed, wears Nikes.

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I'm currently working on the carcass for the desk, or the abdomen. There are some more pictures, showing a bit of the leg transformation, and when i get a minute, I'll post them and explain how they work.

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How it began

I tend to make strange things. Often my inspiration comes from allowing my mind to wander freely, going whereever it seems to want to go. Part of this process is to allow, or even encourage, free association with dis-similar things. So it was when Prometheus Transformed began.

In the beginning I was having an on-line conversation with a woman who grew up when the Transformer toys were getting started. She's a fanatic about them. Anyway, as we talked I began to consider what I would do if I made a transformer of some type. What would it become? How would it transform?

There didn't seem to be much point to having it change from a vehicle into a robot, since there's not much you can do with a wooden vehicle, at least not inside the house. So, my mind went elsewhere, and locked up on the idea of a Wooten desk. Strange, but…true.

So, imagine a purple robot standing in your house, over six feet tall, dominating the room. Then imagine that you could transform him into a computer desk, complete with all the nooks, drawers, and cubbyholes that make Wooten desks so amazing. That's what this will do. It's taken a whole mess of drawing to design the transformation elements, and I'm not done with all of them yet. However, the bottom third…the legs…are nearly complete so I can include a couple pictures.

The rules: It's all wood, with very few exceptions. It's all natural colors…no stain, no paint. The only exception is some ebonized white ash…only because good ebony just plain costs too much. It must appear to be a "normal" robot when in that mode…there should be no visual hint it does something else.

It would take hundreds of pictures to explain the whole thing, and at some point I will post a youtube video of the finished piece being transformed so you can see all the magic happen. For now, still frames will have to do.

This first picture is the leg assembly, approaching completion. The two legs had been created, and were being assembled together when this was taken. The woods are purpleheart, yellowheart, and a mix of others including padauk, white maple, beech, satine, hickory, and even some poplar.

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Now, in keeping with my very odd sense of humor, I felt free to wander far from the original Transformers, so my robot, being properly dressed, wears Nikes.

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I'm currently working on the carcass for the desk, or the abdomen. There are some more pictures, showing a bit of the leg transformation, and when i get a minute, I'll post them and explain how they work.

wa
optimus ..you are looking good

the nikey gear looks good too
 

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How it began

I tend to make strange things. Often my inspiration comes from allowing my mind to wander freely, going whereever it seems to want to go. Part of this process is to allow, or even encourage, free association with dis-similar things. So it was when Prometheus Transformed began.

In the beginning I was having an on-line conversation with a woman who grew up when the Transformer toys were getting started. She's a fanatic about them. Anyway, as we talked I began to consider what I would do if I made a transformer of some type. What would it become? How would it transform?

There didn't seem to be much point to having it change from a vehicle into a robot, since there's not much you can do with a wooden vehicle, at least not inside the house. So, my mind went elsewhere, and locked up on the idea of a Wooten desk. Strange, but…true.

So, imagine a purple robot standing in your house, over six feet tall, dominating the room. Then imagine that you could transform him into a computer desk, complete with all the nooks, drawers, and cubbyholes that make Wooten desks so amazing. That's what this will do. It's taken a whole mess of drawing to design the transformation elements, and I'm not done with all of them yet. However, the bottom third…the legs…are nearly complete so I can include a couple pictures.

The rules: It's all wood, with very few exceptions. It's all natural colors…no stain, no paint. The only exception is some ebonized white ash…only because good ebony just plain costs too much. It must appear to be a "normal" robot when in that mode…there should be no visual hint it does something else.

It would take hundreds of pictures to explain the whole thing, and at some point I will post a youtube video of the finished piece being transformed so you can see all the magic happen. For now, still frames will have to do.

This first picture is the leg assembly, approaching completion. The two legs had been created, and were being assembled together when this was taken. The woods are purpleheart, yellowheart, and a mix of others including padauk, white maple, beech, satine, hickory, and even some poplar.

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v

Now, in keeping with my very odd sense of humor, I felt free to wander far from the original Transformers, so my robot, being properly dressed, wears Nikes.

Photobucket

I'm currently working on the carcass for the desk, or the abdomen. There are some more pictures, showing a bit of the leg transformation, and when i get a minute, I'll post them and explain how they work.

wa
you have started beautyfull with the wood selection in those legs
looking forward to the next installment
thank´s for sharing the progress

Dennis
 

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A progress report

In the past month+ a lot has happened.

The body shell, which will hold the desk itself, is now completed, although none of the exterior trim and transformational pieces are there yet.

I focused on two elements, since they will determine many of the other things to come. The first was the "egg crate" that goes inside the shell. That's the part that will have all the little nooks and crannies that identify a Wooton desk. The entire inside is now complete, made of .300" padauk. There are many drawers, which feature fronts made from leopardwood, along with many shelves. There are two sections dedicated to CD storage, and one of them is removeable, to reveal a hidden storage area behind it. There is a section for DVD's. There is a built in tape dispenser, and drawers dedicated to paper clips, pens and pencils, and post-it notes.

The egg crate also includes a hidden plug strip for all those things requiring power, and a rather sneaky USB hub, that, amongst other things, will power some things within the desk itself. More on the installed defensive systems later. There will also be a set of speakers for the computer, but they are actually located in the shoulder assembly, which will be the next part to build.

The leg section is all but completed now, and many of the removable parts have the finish applied, largely because they can't effectively be finished once they're installed.

The second major element I've been working on is the desk top. It is a tri-fold assembly, that folds together and then folds up to become the front of the robot's torso. It is entirely purpleheart, and gluing it up while creating truly flat boards has been a challenge. The wood seems to want to warp differently every time I plane a little more off, and letting it air-dry hasn't solved that much. Finally I'm relatively satisfied that it's stable and flat. The last week I have spent installing Soss hinges, which is always a challenge. In addition, four the hinges are installed in end-grain, so I had to counter-drill holes and install plugs of white oak so the screws will have something to grip.

That assembly is all done, at least in the sense that the boards are all hinged and operate properly. The next step will be to rout a pattern into the faces of those boards to accept some marquetry work that serves as ornamentation while it's in the robot mode.

Sorry, but I don't have much for pictures right now, primarily because photobucket is being its usual uncooperative self. But, here are a couple.

This is the foot of a pivot leg, which swings out to support the desktop in the desk mode. The first picture shows the foot folded for storage.

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This second picture shows the foot extended, with a sliding lock holding the leg stiff.

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Here are the two sections of the egg crate that hold CD's The larger one on the right is the removable unit.

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This is an early view of the tape dispenser drawer. On the left there are two roll holders, for regular tape and for double-sided tape. The cut down allows access with the drawer in place, and it features serrated metal pieces from regular tape dispensers for tearing off the tape. The full section on the right stores additional tape stock.

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Well that's about it for now. I'm not doing too much during November because I am a participant in NaNoWriMo (my fifth year) and that takes just about every available moment. In fact, I'm heading back to writing right now.
 

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Belated update

With the month of November devoted to NaNoWriMo, my time in the shop has been limited lately. Nevertheless, I have managed to get a bit more done.

Prometheus is a somewhat military guy, so his "robot" facade includes some typical military images. For example, he has participated in a number of famous battles and campaigns. Of course they were back in the early Greek days, but nonetheless, he was there. As befitting his experience, his "chest" includes a rather impressive "salad bar" of decorations.

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At the point this picture was taken, the inlay hadn't quite been sanded flush, but you'll get the idea. With the exception of the brass, these are all different woods.

Here is the central carcass, with the interior egg crate loosely installed. The shell is purpleheart, and the interior is padauk. The slots are sized for CD's, DVD's, and various desk supplies. Some have drawers (not shown) that are faced with leopardwood. The plywood block on the bottom right is only there for support, since the facing section in that area must be removable to access the power strip and some other electronic things.

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Lastly, here's a shot of the carcass mounted on the leg assembly. At this point, the whole piece is slightly more than 4' tall, with shoulders (and arms) and a head yet to come.

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That's all for now. Everyone have a great Christmas.

WA
 

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Belated update

With the month of November devoted to NaNoWriMo, my time in the shop has been limited lately. Nevertheless, I have managed to get a bit more done.

Prometheus is a somewhat military guy, so his "robot" facade includes some typical military images. For example, he has participated in a number of famous battles and campaigns. Of course they were back in the early Greek days, but nonetheless, he was there. As befitting his experience, his "chest" includes a rather impressive "salad bar" of decorations.

Photobucket

At the point this picture was taken, the inlay hadn't quite been sanded flush, but you'll get the idea. With the exception of the brass, these are all different woods.

Here is the central carcass, with the interior egg crate loosely installed. The shell is purpleheart, and the interior is padauk. The slots are sized for CD's, DVD's, and various desk supplies. Some have drawers (not shown) that are faced with leopardwood. The plywood block on the bottom right is only there for support, since the facing section in that area must be removable to access the power strip and some other electronic things.

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Lastly, here's a shot of the carcass mounted on the leg assembly. At this point, the whole piece is slightly more than 4' tall, with shoulders (and arms) and a head yet to come.

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That's all for now. Everyone have a great Christmas.

WA
That's rad!
 

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Belated update

With the month of November devoted to NaNoWriMo, my time in the shop has been limited lately. Nevertheless, I have managed to get a bit more done.

Prometheus is a somewhat military guy, so his "robot" facade includes some typical military images. For example, he has participated in a number of famous battles and campaigns. Of course they were back in the early Greek days, but nonetheless, he was there. As befitting his experience, his "chest" includes a rather impressive "salad bar" of decorations.

Photobucket

At the point this picture was taken, the inlay hadn't quite been sanded flush, but you'll get the idea. With the exception of the brass, these are all different woods.

Here is the central carcass, with the interior egg crate loosely installed. The shell is purpleheart, and the interior is padauk. The slots are sized for CD's, DVD's, and various desk supplies. Some have drawers (not shown) that are faced with leopardwood. The plywood block on the bottom right is only there for support, since the facing section in that area must be removable to access the power strip and some other electronic things.

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Lastly, here's a shot of the carcass mounted on the leg assembly. At this point, the whole piece is slightly more than 4' tall, with shoulders (and arms) and a head yet to come.

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That's all for now. Everyone have a great Christmas.

WA
Well? It's been over 2 years since this was last updated.
Is thewoodartist still with us?
Did this ever get finished?
 

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Belated update

With the month of November devoted to NaNoWriMo, my time in the shop has been limited lately. Nevertheless, I have managed to get a bit more done.

Prometheus is a somewhat military guy, so his "robot" facade includes some typical military images. For example, he has participated in a number of famous battles and campaigns. Of course they were back in the early Greek days, but nonetheless, he was there. As befitting his experience, his "chest" includes a rather impressive "salad bar" of decorations.

Photobucket

At the point this picture was taken, the inlay hadn't quite been sanded flush, but you'll get the idea. With the exception of the brass, these are all different woods.

Here is the central carcass, with the interior egg crate loosely installed. The shell is purpleheart, and the interior is padauk. The slots are sized for CD's, DVD's, and various desk supplies. Some have drawers (not shown) that are faced with leopardwood. The plywood block on the bottom right is only there for support, since the facing section in that area must be removable to access the power strip and some other electronic things.

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Lastly, here's a shot of the carcass mounted on the leg assembly. At this point, the whole piece is slightly more than 4' tall, with shoulders (and arms) and a head yet to come.

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That's all for now. Everyone have a great Christmas.

WA
@joein10asee

Yes it's finished, and, in fact, it is living in Memphis now. I stopped posting largely because I discovered that this site was not exactly what I originally believed it to be.

I assumed, wrongly it turned out, that it was largely composed of people who had a serious interesting in woodworking, who wanted to learn and grow, and who were willing to share in the successes of others regardless of their relative skill levels. I expected there might be a few trolls around, simply because that's almost a given in any internet community.

However, what I found was much different. I got tired of the "so what" messages and the "I could do that much better" and the "This is stupid" and the "who would want some piece of crap like that" and similar messages that bombarded me. The answer to all of those folks was initially to just ignore them, but then I just got tired of the whole thing. I don't claim to be "the best" on the site, although I have been introduced to several who do make that claim. Oddly, without exception, none of their work is on display.

So…it's just easier to not invite that response. For that reason I'm not posting any pictures of it completed, nor will I link to the videos of it being installed or "transformed." I see no reason to subject the client to that response. They're happy with it, and so am I, and to me that's what mattered in the first place.

At the moment I'm working on a large scale creation based upon the original Antikythera Mechanism, combining its features with a clock/calendar mechanism that will account for leap years in addition to adjusting for the moving holidays of the pagan year. It is entirely wooden gearing, and should accurately display the time and date, the cycle of leap years, the progress of dates through the zodiac, the major and minor shabbots of the pagan calendar, the cycle and phases of the moon, a complete geo-centric display of the known planets (the Greeks knew about Jupiter and Saturn but nothing further out)...and a helio-centric display of the planets (possibly including Pluto) in their relative orbits. I may or may not include the moons of the individual planets, simply because their orbits are not always in the same planes. The clock/calendar portion of the mechanism is completed…with a carved and inlayed face about 1 meter square. I'm about to start working on the gearing to connect to the lunar and geo=centric face and design the proper gearing to adjust for the movement within the elliptical orbits and the rotation of the orbit itself. So…yes, Prometheus got done and was delivered in August of last year. He transforms, he carries weapons (included), and he talks.

Thanks for your interest.

wa
 
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