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Liberty: Thank you!

Gryphon: Thank you as well! No, I didn't put castors on it. with two people on it, the last thing I want to do is have it move. In the future I may even put rubber runners on it so it is even harder to move. The whole thing breaks down into 4 pieces for transport/storage.  They all interlock when assembled for stability.

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Thank you, notsabbat!

My husband agreed to build a bridge in our cellar some weeks ago, and because of your posted pictures he has agreed to build props/consoles like yours, because they are way cooler than his glas table idea (it is looking good, but they are tables).
So we will need definitly more time but it is now the "bridge to be" that I always dreamed of! 

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I am sorry, I thought I had already responded to this;

Im glad that my project has given you some inspiration. Knowing that what I have done is helpful to the community is one of the things that keeps me workng on the project. I saw your webpage and it looks like you have some really good ideas. Please post pictures as you work on your bridge, I love to see people's projects and look forward to seeing what you come up with.
Let me know if you have any questions [smile]

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Just a quick update on the bridge build. This week I upgraded our 4'x4' projection screen with a custom made 4'x7' one. It is made from 2.5 yards of 54" wide white Roclon Budget Blackout fabric from Joanns. From online enthusiasts it seems like, while not the best thing out there, gives good results for a minimal price. Cost was about $15 with a 30% off coupon. Fabric was stretched over a wood frame made from 1x4 boards I bought from Lowes for about $20 and stapled down with a staple gun.

Here is the frame
2015-09-16c.jpg 

Here is the screen in a well lit room
2015-09-16b.jpg 

Here is the screen in a nearly dark room
2015-09-16.jpg 

Here is what it is replacing

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Nice! That looks really good. How much issue did you have getting it stretched properly? We put one together a little while ago and it was a royal pain trying to get it stretched evenly.
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that's great, really went from TOS mainscreen to the TNG mainscreen!
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Nice! That looks really good. How much issue did you have getting it stretched properly? We put one together a little while ago and it was a royal pain trying to get it stretched evenly.


I really didn't have any issues with it. probably took me close to an hour to get it all stapled on (I put a staple every inch or so by the end of it). I put the frame on a table with the cloth draped over it. Getting some help from a friend to keep it tight; I started by stapling the center of one edge,  then the center of the opposite edge, did the center of the adjacent edge, then the center of the edge opposite of that one, then rotated around like putting the lug nuts on a tire [smile]
came out pretty great. though this isn't the first time I have done something similar

Thank you Samyule!



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I love it!

Please keep posting pictures, I can't wait to see more.

And would like (sort of) to hear from things that went wrong, cause it may prevent me from making the same mistake... [wink]

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I love it!

Please keep posting pictures, I can't wait to see more.

And would like (sort of) to hear from things that went wrong, cause it may prevent me from making the same mistake... [wink]


Thank, you!
That is an interesting idea; there certainly things I would do differently if I had them to do again. Ill try to get some pictures, but generally speaking my biggest issues with the design is the wood I used as a joining material and the design of the front consoles. The wood I used to connect the MDF together was some cheap 1x2 boards. They are not very strong and some have split on me causing the structural integrity to weaken. If I were to do it again I would probably use better quality wood of more robust 4x4 boards. The Helm station is also badly warped after 6 months of putting weight on the far right while using the joystick. Ill have to redesign that sooner rather than later to be able to take more stress.

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If you are using MDF for your panels under load, try replacing them with MDO plywood instead and adding stiffener bars to the back as necessary - a 1x2 glued and nailed edgewise makes an effective and lightweight stiffening bar if it is glued down along its entire contact edge. Finishing nails are sufficient if the glue is of good quality. I kinda hate working with MDF because it is so heavy and warps easily, especially under even moderate load in humid weather. MDF sawdust is particularly nasty as well. 1/2" MDO with stiffener bars on the backside is a better long-term investment and much, much lighter for transport. Just my two cents [smile]
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Newcomerin; I wanted to get pics of the things that weren't working as well as I would like, but my battery died on me before I could.

Gryphon: I intentionally didn't use plywood (even though there were some with very smooth sides) on this build because I was after the smooth curved edges that I could make with MDF. Laminated wood would have left a texture behing that would have taken more work than I wanted tonput in to remove. I also did a proof of concept when I build the engineering console which was used months before I started on the rest of the bridge with very good results. In general I haven't had any problems with structural integrity or warping. My issue has been with the wood I used to join the MDF board together (it has split on the front of the Engineering console) and with the helm console (not science) bending under the stress of mu helmsman putting weight on the far, unsupported side of his console. Other than those two instances the MDF has worked amazingly well, especially considering the stress it is put under on a weekly basis. I would definitely recommend it to people building their own bridge set ups.

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Yeah, thanks anyway for the try!

I love your front console, espacially for the "one foot" solution, but have to admit, that I thought it is a weak point at once. So "my" console is a three feeter.

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Hello, all. Just a quick update to show the start of my DMX lighting. The jump lighting is a little off in the video, but I still like it [smile]


The room is completely lit by the DMX lighting. DMX triggers shown in video; normal condition, jump, red alert shields up, taking hits. 



Done with the USB controller build I posted recently and two 3m long pieces of RBG LED strips. Link to build

http://artemis.forumchitchat.com/post/cheap-usb-interface-and-dmx-led-strip-build-7833577?pid=1290147373

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wanted to update the build log with some minor changes Ive made to the bridge.

The Engineering/Captain's chair platform now has carpeting along the top as well as trim along the sides.
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I also added a fire extinguisher the side of the Engineering console, Just in case. No I'm not afraid of a fire, but anything can happen and I thought it would look cool.

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looks nice!

Needs some more greebles on the wall [smile]
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