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Project by seamster posted 12-18-2015 04:13 AM 3188 views 35 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to make my kids a wooden AT-AT Walker from Star Wars for a long time, but kept putting it off for other projects.

This year I finally set a deadline for myself of December 18, and fully committed to the project.

Using various reference images I found online, I began by designing and drawing up scale plans for all the pieces. I complicated things as much as possible for myself (probably), because I wanted the walker to be fully pose-able, with movable & removable parts, as well as built in LEGO panels. But it was worth all the trouble!

It is made from scraps of Baltic birch ply, with a few maple pieces here and there, and stands 20” tall. No laser cutters or CNC stuff in my little shop! All of this was done on the scroll and band saws, with a bit of power carving and woodburning mixed in.

If anyone is interested, I wrote up a full step-by-step tutorial on it which includes a printable pdf of all of the various templates for the parts on instructables.com:

Wooden AT-AT Walker

Now I’m busy making lots of simpler Star Wars vehicles to go along with it, all out of wood bits from my scrap bin.

We’re going to have a very Star Wars Christmas at our house this year!

-- Sam





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#1 posted 12-18-2015 04:16 AM

The force is strong with this one ^

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#2 posted 12-18-2015 04:32 AM

People will make a beautiful table cabinet etc. but your project may not have the attractive polished wood masterpiece, but your project took more planning and thought putting together. It is top 3 with the best of them.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#3 posted 12-18-2015 05:36 AM

That is awesome Sam! Your integration with the Legos makes it all that much more cool. I just got home from seeing the new movie and this topped off the evening. Thanks for sharing your work, I can’t wait to see your next project. Welcome to LJ’s!

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#4 posted 12-18-2015 05:52 AM

Ingenious. May the force live on.

-- There's no crying in woodworking. Just measure and cut again.

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#5 posted 12-18-2015 05:54 AM

Great stuff – you are realy big fan of Star Wars!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 12-18-2015 06:37 AM

Rock this you did. Mad skills you have.
I seriously thought the main image was concept art. Bravo!

-- Show us a man who never makes a mistake and we will show a man who never makes anything. The capacity for occasional blundering is inseparable from the capacity to bring things to pass.

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#7 posted 12-18-2015 09:45 AM

I also thought the first image was concept art. very well done & thought out. How long ago did you start this project?

I am sure it’s satisfying to have started from concept to finished product in your own shop.

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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#8 posted 12-18-2015 09:58 AM

Sam that is amazing. Just in time for the movie preview.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#9 posted 12-18-2015 10:29 AM

Great job!

-- irtamos, Belgium

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#10 posted 12-18-2015 01:56 PM

That is pretty-slick indeed.

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#11 posted 12-18-2015 03:02 PM

That is just way cool. Thanks for sharing and for the great writeup on instructables.com.

Greg

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#12 posted 12-18-2015 03:58 PM

WOW!! At first glance I assumed this was made on a CNC machine and out of reach of someone like me, a “common” woodworker. It’s amazing how you worked this out and added all the details, hats off to you man, incredible job!! Thank you for sharing this.

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#13 posted 12-18-2015 05:51 PM

Great job . The planning is out of this world.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#14 posted 12-18-2015 06:31 PM

Super amazing! As a huge SW fan, this is an iconic SW figure and so well done. Thanks for sharing it with us

-- Don, https://www.etsy.com/shop/RootandBranchGifts - http://facebook.com/rootandbranchgifts

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#15 posted 12-18-2015 07:05 PM

Amazing! You are the MAN!!!

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