Introduction: Build Kiteman's Shed!

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Yes, you can build you own scale model of my semi-famous workspace. If it is well-received, I plan to edit the Instructable to include the furniture as well.

Thanks also to Bumpus, who added a three-dimensional Kiteman more quickly than sanity allows.

Step 1: The Net

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First thing you need is the net.

I measured up the shed, and divided all the measurements by thirty to make the net fit on a sheet of A4. The scale is, then, 1:30 (which means that, if I emptied my shed, I could fit 27,000 of these models into the real shed).

I drew it up in CorelDraw, saved it as a PDF, then copied and pasted into Photoshop Elements to add a woodgrain effect to the appropriate panels.

The various resultant files are presented with this step. Print them out on normal paper or light card-stock.

You will also need scissors, glue, a sharp craft knife and a metal ruler.

Step 2: Construction.

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Cut out the net, crease along the edges of the panels and tabs, then use the craft knife to cut along three sides of the door.

You could cut out the window if you want, but I'm not adding furniture yet, so there didn't seem to be much point.

When you have cut it all out, a black marker can vastly improve the appearance of edges and joins if you draw along the cut edges.

Glue the side tabs, and stick the body of the shed together.

Glue the three top tabs, then gently but firmly press the roof down - you may need to reach in through the door with a pencil or skinny finger to press tabs against the roof.

Now, squat down level with your workspace, squint, and imagine a tiny paper Kiteman, working away inside your tiny paper shed...

Step 3: Things People Add...

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OK, the project is taking off already - Bumpus has created a small net of, well, me.

It's a PDF file, with only one of me on it (could there be any more?) - cut it out, glue it together and there I am, no need to imagine!

A few seconds' hacking with a scalpel, and I can even look out the window (if you want to try this, cut the window out before you put the model together!).


crazyg (author)2013-04-21

i like your skylight, thought id post a pic of a model i made to plan my exhibition curration .

Kiteman (author)crazyg2013-04-21

You're creating / curating an exhibition? That sounds like a fascinating instructable could be in the works.

Your profile says you're in London; where is the exhibition going to be?

crazyg (author)Kiteman2013-04-21

sadly not at the moment,that was a while ago
i am hoping to put together a oddball camera and photo  exhibit on at some point, getting a body of new work together.hopefully before i run out of money i will get something out there.

Hoopajoo (author)2012-03-31

Kiteman, did you get inspiration for your shed from Edgar Blazona's MD100?

Kiteman (author)Hoopajoo2012-04-01

Sadly, no - it was just the shed that was already in the garden when I bought the house.

Dr.Bill (author)2009-12-30

The windows match his eyes.

RadBear (author)2008-12-26

Add transparent plastic for windows.

Chicken2209 (author)RadBear2009-01-06

or just cut them out...

RadBear (author)Chicken22092009-01-07

What fun is that? It doesn't make the project overly elborate and complex. :)

the_mad_man (author)RadBear2009-02-03

WOOOOOOOOOOO for overly elaborate and complex

ReCreate (author)the_mad_man2009-07-14

lol that deserves a quote XD

bounty1012 (author)2009-07-11

added this to the papercraft group and my favorites :D

Rock Soldier (author)2008-12-17

I have an idea! Make two sheds, and a lot of Kitemen(Kiteman). Add a Catapault, and you have a war game. (You and Bumpus must have planned this. Give us everything we need to play this game little by little hoping we wouldn't figure out. Very clever, but not very clever enough)

bounty1012 (author)Rock Soldier2009-07-11

You should make a papercraft of someone else and kiteman's army would fight them.

Derin (author)Rock Soldier2009-03-22

And put the hit Kitemen into papercraft coffins!

Kiteman (author)Rock Soldier2008-12-18

We didn't, but I wish we had!

Rock Soldier (author)Kiteman2008-12-18

*SURE* you didn't...

ReCreate (author)2009-03-19

I built your shed...In a 3d model... I gave up on the door,And i could not do the tilted roof either Do you like it? I do not have a camera...or a i can't make this in real life. I will probably make the kiteman too

Derin (author)ReCreate2009-07-07

Recreate...Thats what Im for...fixing

ReCreate (author)Derin2009-07-07

Fixing what?

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Derin (author)ReCreate2009-07-07

tilt roof and door also,the inside wood

ReCreate (author)Derin2009-07-07

oh,well you are experienced in google sketchup?

Derin (author)ReCreate2009-07-08

a bit

ReCreate (author)Derin2009-07-08

I am a bit too, Especially since i got scetchup pro!

Kiteman (author)ReCreate2009-03-19

That's nice - I like the clouds in the glass.

ReCreate (author)Kiteman2009-03-19

Ah yes,The first picture is better than the second. Im not good with Google Sketchup,So i don't plan on making any of the furniture. But i made you... I made you in another 3d model... Do you like it...erm yourself?

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ReCreate (author)Kiteman2009-03-19

You like it? Well im out of ideas... I would have replied with a picture again,But i don't know what! What about a dremel?(i need a cartoony picture of a dremel like the one of you)

Kiteman (author)ReCreate2009-03-19

You could start browsing other people's projects - see if anything inspires you.

ReCreate (author)Kiteman2009-03-19

wow,you should see how many times you are mentioned on my desktop...

ReCreate (author)Kiteman2009-03-19

Yes allot of things inspire me,But they are not flat object like what i showed you...

ReCreate (author)ReCreate2009-03-19

Things i do when i'm bored...

CamWaite (author)2009-04-18

mini-kiteman and his shed(with clear plastic window) sit on my desk

CamWaite (author)CamWaite2009-04-18

that mini kite man is exactly the same size as a usb plug!!! usb flash drive mods to the ready

Kiteman (author)CamWaite2009-04-18

Haha, that's brilliant, and an excellent idea for the flash-mod!

Yerboogieman (author)2009-04-02


Derin (author)2009-03-22

The note about the flashback gave me an idea..... I have some toy cars.... Take one,and put it in front of the shed....... Take photo.... ???....... Profit.......

illdoyourdrugs (author)2009-03-19

Kiteman's PAPER Shed is more like it. Major disappointment being led to assume it was your actual sheds plans.

Kiteman (author)illdoyourdrugs2009-03-19

What? You wanted an instructable on following flat-pack plans??

illdoyourdrugs (author)Kiteman2009-03-20

What are you even saying? My comment was clear.

caitlinsdad (author)2008-12-14

Architectually, it reminds me of something but I can't quite put my finger on it... Cool shed.

Labot2001 (author)caitlinsdad2008-12-15

That dumpster stole Kiteman's design!

ReCreate (author)Labot20012009-03-19

how dare the dumpster do that!

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Kaiven (author)caitlinsdad2008-12-16

Isn't hte word Dumpster supposed to be capitalized? dumpster Dumpster dumpster... My computer doesn't care.

puffyfluff (author)caitlinsdad2008-12-18

It is very representative of Kiteman...

Bartboy (author)2008-12-18

Any chance of a non-pfd version of you? I like to use jpgs so I can edit them and make them bigger/smaller.

acaz93 (author)Bartboy2008-12-18

here's a TIFF version *wink*

About This Instructable




Bio: The answer is "lasers", now, what was the question? If you need help, feel free to contact me. Project previews on Tumblr & Twitter: @KitemanX
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