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Project by Ryan Haasen posted 08-16-2012 02:22 PM 1675 views 3 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yesterday was my brother’s an my 16th birthday. We are both huge Pink Floyd fans so I decided to make him this gift. I recreated an image from the Pink Floyd album: The Wall, into a real, wooden 3-D picture. It took somewhere between 35 and 45 hours to complete (I didn’t keep close count) over one week. The entire thing is made from two sheets of birch plywood; one for the backing and one for the front. It measures a few inches shorter then 8’ by 4’. So here are the details about this project: The image of the brick wall with the face coming out is composed of 2000 wooden bricks. Yeah, there are a lot of bricks in this wall. It is 50 bricks tall and 40 bricks long. You may be thinking: “Okay,so, 50×40 is 2000 bricks, but what about the hole for the mouth were there are no bricks” Well, all the bricks that would have been used for the area of the mouth were stacked around the side of the mouth to add a deeper effect. There are also 250+ shims that allow the face to come 4” out of the wall at the highest point. The shims rang in sizes from 1/16” – 3/4”. To make the 2000 bricks, I crosscut the plywood into strips that were the width of the bricks, I then made a sled for my table saw to cut eight bricks out of those strips in each pass. After the bricks were cut to dimension, all the edges were chamfered with a sander to make them look individual when they were glued back together. I did 400 bricks at a time (cut then sand).

Then the challenging part arrived; arranging them properly to create the wall. I constantly checked the rows for squareness and straitness. I was not going to let it slip away on me. Then the really challenging part came: Shimming them up in correct increments to create a face. All of the bricks were glued to the back board as they were placed. Once the bricks were done and glued, it was painting time. I started by giving the entire thing 4 coats of white spray paint. Next I did the black (spray paint), which was risk free because if I messed up and made a spot too black, I would just add more white to that spot once the black dried.Then I did the red mouth, which brought it to life. I then hand painted the writing to top it off. I finished it with 3 coats of transparent spray lacquer.


Here are the pictures of the process:

He was extremely surprised and happy with the gift, and we plan to mount it on the wall in his room. My mom had the great idea of making it the headboard of his king-sized bed, which would be awesome, if he didn’t have two windows behind his bed. I told him that I might make one for myself in a while ( I have no desire of doing this all again any time soon) and he said he would help me so it would go faster. So mabey in a while you might be seeing another one.

Thanks for taking a look,

Ryan

-- Ryan





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#1 posted 08-16-2012 03:09 PM

Well done, very cool, looks well made too.
I would have loved to have that in my bedroom when I was sixteen but my Mum and Dad wouldn’t have let me.

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#2 posted 08-16-2012 04:13 PM

THAT…...
IS…...
AWESOME!!!!
I would have loved to get something like this when I was 16!
You did an outstanding job!
Thanks for sharing.
Well done!

-- Central Ohio, Still got 9 and 15/16 fingers!

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#3 posted 08-16-2012 04:26 PM

First, Happy Birthday. Next great gift idea. Well done too.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#4 posted 08-16-2012 06:42 PM

Wow!

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

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#5 posted 08-16-2012 06:48 PM

I play keyboards in a Pink Floyd band called “Floyd the Barber”.
Your project is awesome!

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "finished"!

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#6 posted 08-16-2012 07:19 PM

Awesome!

(From another PF fan!)

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#7 posted 08-16-2012 08:21 PM

Thanks everyone!

-- Ryan

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#8 posted 08-16-2012 08:28 PM

unreal …. i looooovvvveeeee it.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#9 posted 08-16-2012 08:41 PM

That is Awesome

jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#10 posted 08-16-2012 08:56 PM

Happy Birthday Ryan! Incredible build! WOW! I was 16 when the Wall was released and remember it well…...a few months ago, I was fortunate to get tickets to Roger Waters The Wall Live show in St. Paul…..you’ll never see another show like it…...

I would never try to take on a build like this – but I’m glad you did! It’s timeless….

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#11 posted 08-16-2012 09:11 PM

WOW!!! Great build and very creative. You seem to have a great passion for this. Keep it up!

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#12 posted 08-16-2012 09:15 PM

Thanks!

JL7: I also went to that concert in Edmonton, it was so amazing! It was my second concert and every concert I see for the rest of my life will not compare to it!

-- Ryan

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#13 posted 08-16-2012 10:44 PM

That is an awesome project. It’s not everyday that I find something totally different on LJ’s, but today was one of those days. Thanks for the post and sharing a great piece of art.

-- Mel,

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#14 posted 08-17-2012 09:16 AM

Awesome! Really Really Awesome!
The Writing on The Wall looks Perfect!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio..... http://www.etsy.com/shop/WoodenfrogWoodenProd

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#15 posted 08-17-2012 01:49 PM

you ROCK… with wood bricks

-- Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life. Proverbs 16:31

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