The Evolution of my Base Table design

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Blog entry by Bhaupt posted 01-26-2011 07:32 PM 1908 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Initially the concept was to surround the model with railing that took on the shape of the cathedral. So I extended the lines of geometry to the surrounding railing. This gave me a starting point.

The first plan was drawn in 1980. This is what it looked like.

The railing was attached to a single table, The table was built in 82 w/o the rail detail, I did not have walnut wood at the time.

The rail detail was to house light in a position that would be hidden but functional.

In 1990 plans were made for a more detailed cabinet.

From 1992 to 1999 I had enough time thru these years to build the 6 sections below

In 2008 I had remodeled an old building and started the 3rd redesign of this base. That was posted in projects showing the 7th cabinet.

-- Brian, Wind Gap, Pa.

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#1 posted 01-26-2011 08:40 PM

Again and again everything you do Brian is very impressive.
Why this passion with cathedrals and what are you going to do with the model when finished, if ever finished ( some of us are so perfectionist that things never are good enough and so are never quite finished)

Did you ever see the model of Notre Dame of Pairs in the cathedral?
It is breath taking

-- Bert

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#2 posted 01-27-2011 12:41 AM

Whoa, someone has a lot of ambition. What prompted this project?

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#3 posted 01-27-2011 03:06 AM

It started with a trip to NY worlds fair in 64, we passed thru the city and I saw the cathedral up close for the frist time as a kid. Later in life I tried making it out of cardboard. When I went to school for drafting in 73 I started sketching it out from a few photos in a book. In 78 I made scale elevations on mylar 3/16 scale. In 84 got my hands on a CAD system and made solid drawing on some concepts.
In 84 using a hand jig saw to cut out some supports to make a structure for building the model. In 86 tried to cut details out with a table mounted scroll saw. All this time I was looking for a more acurate way to cut out parts. In 95 got the CNC, now I could cut parts in 3/16 scale for the model.
The smallest end mill I could use was .031” but I had a problem breaking cutters, slower speed, less debth of cut, nothing worked. I wanted to keep the media hardwood and would never go plastic, or bass wood. So in 96 I decided to double the scale to 3/8” per ft. in order to use a .06 cutter. This is why I went to that scale, In 2008 friends were asking me why I was not detailing the interrior. That led me to today where I am now 3/8 scale, interior & exterior. So I have been designing in solids the 16 section that will make up the model.
But this dosen’t answer your questions “why” ( I don’t know why?)

-- Brian, Wind Gap, Pa.

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#4 posted 01-27-2011 03:17 AM

Why? Because you can.

Amazing stuff Brian

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#5 posted 01-27-2011 07:23 AM

Maybe because you want to?
If you’ve got the skill, the patience, the time, and the space, I say that is a good enough reason if I ever did hear one. Whatcha think?
Not all projects have to have a reason. Some of my favorite project I built just because I wanted to.


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