|Project by davidroberts||posted 02-28-2011 04:27 AM||1669 views||0 times favorited||6 comments|
Just shoot me now. I volunteered to build the stage set for my kid’s high school style show, which is a fund raiser for a big lock-in graduation party. The theme is “A Night in Las Vegas”. The Decoration Chairman wanted a big roulette wheel the kids could walk through from behind curtains and show off their stylish apparel. You can see the catwalk in the first picture. Well I, being the Decoration Co-Chairman (move over Martha) said, “sure, no problem, I can build that”. The wheel was painted by the very talented Decoration Chairman. The deal was I will build it, and she will paint it. That was a good deal for me.
The height of the interior circle is just under 7 feet tall and the total height is just under 10 feet tall. We had some tall kids modeling sports wear. My greatest fear was the roulette wheel falling on the kids so the back side looks like a bridge trussle support system. It was actually to close to the curtain to get a good photo of the back, but I will put it up again for the graduation party, so maybe I’ll remember to get a shot.
A few people ask me how I drew up and cut out a perfect circle on such a large scale. First off, I drew a scaled plan. Don’t do this kind of work without a scaled plan. In the third picture you can see my boy drawing the circle on 3/32 hardboard. The string fixed to the center of the circle. Of course, I laid the hardboard pieces together so I only had to cut out half a circle, and a single piece for the top part. Actually it was five pieces total. I cut it with my router using a straight bit. A piece of plywood was used as a trammel fixed to my router on one end and the center of the circle at the other end. The next to last picture is the hardboard skin of the circle laid out on my driveway, no support structure at that moment, just skin. Oh yeah, the last picture shows columns I built (10 total) to hold up decorative hand rails. The tops are store bought. I don’t do lathe.
I also built a 12-foot long Las Vegas sign we will use at the graduation party. It’s a monster, but not painted yet. Thanks for looking.
-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.