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Forum topic by indplswoodworking posted 07-05-2017 10:21 PM 793 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-05-2017 10:21 PM

I am looking for some advice on an upcoming project. I’m considering making a 18-20in R2D2 out of wood and curious if anyone out there has ever attempted. I am considering starting in the next 30 days. I just recently made a LegoMan and it was a very challenging and thus rewarding project. Im located in Indiana and have many resources at my disposal.

I believe the head , body , and arms are pretty straight forward but have no idea on how to put the embellishments onto the model.

If anyone has some advice on where to start please share.

This photo I found on google images and it sort of my inspiration:

Please provide some feedback.

Gary from Indianapolis.



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#1 posted 07-05-2017 11:43 PM

That would be a fun project.

Depends on how complex you want to go. Inlay would be the most difficult, and most impressive, but I like the rich blue. Inlay or paint.

-- Rick M,

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#2 posted 07-05-2017 11:47 PM

There is an official club for droid builders. They always have a room full of their droids at the Star Wars conventions.

I even saw some made out of wood.

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#3 posted 03-02-2018 05:21 AM

The wood working would be fun, are you considering any automation?
Just the beeping sound would be enough for me as you can easily get out of hand!

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#4 posted 03-02-2018 06:28 AM

Maybe lazy susan hardware for his head to swivel? A quick web search shows motorized turntables are cheaper than I would have thought. You could make a wooden robot.

Wooden Robot brewery makes one of my all time favorite beers called “good morning vietnam”, a coffee vanilla blonde ale. Delicious and off topic. : )

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#5 posted 03-02-2018 01:15 PM

+1 for the reference to the R2 Builders group. You will find a lot of resources there. Most of the ones they make are fully automated, but even if you don’t do that you can find plane for how to build the body, legs, etc to the exact movie size.


-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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#6 posted 03-02-2018 04:42 PM

Once I made some geometric furniture for a stone and tile business and we used dye stain on Birdseye maple and after clearing the piece with lacquer the Birdseye just popped. For the embellishments maybe producing these parts and prefinishing them in something like that may work. Dye comes in all the colors of the rainbow so your choices are endless.
Don’t know if that helps just an idea

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