In the past month+ a lot has happened.
The body shell, which will hold the desk itself, is now completed, although none of the exterior trim and transformational pieces are there yet.
I focused on two elements, since they will determine many of the other things to come. The first was the “egg crate” that goes inside the shell. That’s the part that will have all the little nooks and crannies that identify a Wooton desk. The entire inside is now complete, made of .300” padauk. There are many drawers, which feature fronts made from leopardwood, along with many shelves. There are two sections dedicated to CD storage, and one of them is removeable, to reveal a hidden storage area behind it. There is a section for DVD’s. There is a built in tape dispenser, and drawers dedicated to paper clips, pens and pencils, and post-it notes.
The egg crate also includes a hidden plug strip for all those things requiring power, and a rather sneaky USB hub, that, amongst other things, will power some things within the desk itself. More on the installed defensive systems later. There will also be a set of speakers for the computer, but they are actually located in the shoulder assembly, which will be the next part to build.
The leg section is all but completed now, and many of the removable parts have the finish applied, largely because they can’t effectively be finished once they’re installed.
The second major element I’ve been working on is the desk top. It is a tri-fold assembly, that folds together and then folds up to become the front of the robot’s torso. It is entirely purpleheart, and gluing it up while creating truly flat boards has been a challenge. The wood seems to want to warp differently every time I plane a little more off, and letting it air-dry hasn’t solved that much. Finally I’m relatively satisfied that it’s stable and flat. The last week I have spent installing Soss hinges, which is always a challenge. In addition, four the hinges are installed in end-grain, so I had to counter-drill holes and install plugs of white oak so the screws will have something to grip.
That assembly is all done, at least in the sense that the boards are all hinged and operate properly. The next step will be to rout a pattern into the faces of those boards to accept some marquetry work that serves as ornamentation while it’s in the robot mode.
Sorry, but I don’t have much for pictures right now, primarily because photobucket is being its usual uncooperative self. But, here are a couple.
This is the foot of a pivot leg, which swings out to support the desktop in the desk mode. The first picture shows the foot folded for storage.
This second picture shows the foot extended, with a sliding lock holding the leg stiff.
Here are the two sections of the egg crate that hold CD’s The larger one on the right is the removable unit.
This is an early view of the tape dispenser drawer. On the left there are two roll holders, for regular tape and for double-sided tape. The cut down allows access with the drawer in place, and it features serrated metal pieces from regular tape dispensers for tearing off the tape. The full section on the right stores additional tape stock.
Well that’s about it for now. I’m not doing too much during November because I am a participant in NaNoWriMo (my fifth year) and that takes just about every available moment. In fact, I’m heading back to writing right now.