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Scratch Build – Complete Cygnus X1.

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by Attila, 18 Sep 2008.

  1. badje

    badje boni

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    Have I told you already I really like your project?
    If yes ok. If no, now i have.
    This is great!:thumb:
     
  2. Loom

    Loom New Member

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    It's the saw!
     
  3. Fisher.

    Fisher. partially impartial

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    +1 :lol:

    SOOOOOoooOOoo00 glad to see an update on this piece of art (I believe it has earned this title)

    Until next time, I will wait. Perhaps a bit more patiently than last time, but no promises:worried:
     
  4. Attila

    Attila still thinking....

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    Thanks very much Macros. :)

    Thank you. :)

    Thanks mate. :thumb:

    Thanks. :)

    Thanks stone. :)

    Thanks tc. :thumb:

    It really is special, and have I said how hard that stuff is yet? :hehe:

    I don't know but thanks. :thumb:

    Haha, well all I can say in my defense is "it was a very cheap saw". :hehe:

    Thanks mate. :thumb: And don't worry, as soon as I have something that looks a bit
    different from the last update, I'll show you.
     
  5. The boy 4rm oz

    The boy 4rm oz Project: Elegant-Li

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    After a boring day at uni it is good to log on and see this update, she is shaping up nicely.
     
  6. Attila

    Attila still thinking....

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    Thanks mate. :thumb:


    I've got a couple of days off so if the weather holds up I should be able to finish the main
    parts of the side panels.

    Continuing on, the pieces that will partially wrap over the top and front are glued to the side
    panels.

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    Then this is taken down to match the profile of the side panels.

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    Then some more curves need to be made.

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    The best way to get both sides identical is to clamp them together.

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    And then cut away till the desired shape is achieved.

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    And same for the front.

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    Tomorrow (hopefully), I can make the final cuts.
     
  7. The boy 4rm oz

    The boy 4rm oz Project: Elegant-Li

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    WOW, perfect symmetry. Excellent work mate, the pieces are looking fantastic.
     
  8. DonT-FeaR

    DonT-FeaR I know what a fk'n Dremel is ok.:D

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    looks great man.. cant wait for tomorrow now :)
     
  9. Reverse

    Reverse Reverse/srvR

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    This is perfection, in every way.

    Great job!
     
  10. Colossous

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    Looking cool - nice to see the updates :thumb:
     
  11. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    Beautiful!:D
    -but don't you hate finding those knotholes after all that work?
    Do I see mounds of red sawdust in your yard?
     
  12. E.E.L. Ambiense

    E.E.L. Ambiense Acrylic Heretic

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    Man, that's beautiful oldnewby. Thanks for the update!
     
  13. Attila

    Attila still thinking....

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    Thanks mate.

    Thanks DF.

    Thank you.

    Thanks Colossous.

    Thanks Cheaps.
    Yeah there's two schools of thought regarding this. One school considers any of these
    natural features a "defect" and these peeps carefully select their timber to be free of any
    of these. The other school looks at these as a pleasant natural feature, and even seek them
    out. I belong to the second school, I love "some" of these features and if I find a particularly
    pleasing feature, it's like I've won the lotto. :lol:

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    Having said that, it all depends on what the borer hole, sap void or other feature looks like,
    and where it's located. The one that was uncovered while making the profile on the top edge
    was unexpected and when first found didn't look very pleasant. But read on, it starts to look
    better.
    The one on the front inside edge above is problematic and probably needs to be filled, we'll
    see.
    In the pic you mention, the piles on the right are gravel and sand from some paving that had
    to be done. The pile on the left is indeed all Jarrah and is what's left over from about, at a
    guess, 12 or 14 Kilo's of material that's been removed from the side panels of Cygnus X1.



    Thanks EEL.


    Today turned out to be a beautiful winters day. Sunny and about 14C with no wind, perfect
    working weather.

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    So the two panels needed some work done to the sharp outside edges.

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    I started by taking the edge off straight, just to have a look.

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    And the same for the front.

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    As you can see (well I do :lol:) the feature here starts looking a bit better as the area
    becomes a bit more complex.

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    But these straight edges don't suit the overall flavor of the design.

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    So the process of rounding over the edges begins.

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    And...... I think it's nice.

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    It's almost impossible to see the join here.

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    And the same is done for the other side.

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    So here are the two largely done panels.

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    So what's left to do here is some fine chiseling and adjusting of the various shapes to get
    them as close to identical as possible. And then a whole heap of sanding. Some profiles may
    change a little as things are refined. Then when it's all nice and smooth and free from any
    machining marks, about seven or eight coats of satin polyurethane will be applied.
    When I come back I'll be making the hinges and fitting the panels to the chassis.

    Thanks for looking and the comments. :thumb:
     
  14. The boy 4rm oz

    The boy 4rm oz Project: Elegant-Li

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    WOW, looks like a single, solid piece of wood. Very nice work, the wood is looking very smooth and is very pleasing to look at. A great shame about the borer holes, some people (such as myself) don't mind them as they are a natural piece of the wood (like the grain itself) but in this case they really stand out, a real shame.
     
  15. nagyizom

    nagyizom Member

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    Very, very nice work! I'm looking foward to see how it fits on the chassis.
     
  16. tominated

    tominated New Member

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    awesome work. your woodworking skills rock.
     
  17. Oreon_237

    Oreon_237 CHEA BRO!

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    +1 to all of the above, looks really nice.

    I also like the pic of the sky
     
  18. DonT-FeaR

    DonT-FeaR I know what a fk'n Dremel is ok.:D

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    yeah i cant see the join.. lol

    NICE work did not dissapoint
     
  19. Jipa

    Jipa Avoiding the "I guess.." since 2004

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    I'm not sure anymore if this project should be allowed on a family forum... ;) It's a work of art, and it just keeps gettin' better.

    Although, I must say that now that I checked the last pictures of the alu-frame, I don't know if I would hide it in the wood covers. I mean, the wood looks awesome, but the frame is so well finished it's a shame to hide it. If only there was a way of making the wood transcluent ;)
     
  20. Attila

    Attila still thinking....

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    Thanks for the comments. :)

    I've just brushed the first coat of clear on (the first four coats are brushed on nice and
    thick), and I couldn't resist showing you how pretty this wood is.

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    This first coat also helps me see any irregularities that I may have missed on the raw
    wood. I can now see that the curve on the front edge needs some more attention, so
    when this dries I can attend to that.
     

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