Introduction: Futuristic Space Door

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I always wanted a door like the ones in the movies about space. but i never had a doorway i could put one on. so when i decided to split my garage in half for a wood shop, i decided this was the place for the door. when i first started drawing it up i wanted it to be a electric pocket door type door. but since the wall it would go into is curved, i just made it open normal. i first drew it as a 2 door but i didn't need 2 doors and saved on material.

materials needed...

1 - sheet of 3/4 pressed board

1 - sheet of 1/4 Masonite or luan plywood

white plexiglass

clear plexiglass

wood glue

screws or nails

paint

hinges

aluminum pipe for handle

aluminum flat plate for push handle

silicone

led lights, wire, 12v power supply

Tools needed...

circular saw

router

table saw

drill

screw gun

straight edge

sander

jig saw

counter sink bit

painting tools

tape measure and pencil

Step 1:

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cutting this wood makes a lot of dust, just so you know. once you decide on the size for your door, lay out your design. clamp them together and cut out your design. do not over cut your lines. after cutting everything you can with the circular saw, finish cuts with jig saw. then remove the masonite and set a side.

Step 2:

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now on your 3/4 sheet of wood, mark your window openings a 1/2 bigger. then router it out the thickness of the plexiglass. [[[i routered the one in the photo before cutting the corners with the jig saw. it made it harder on the router.]]] then measure your plexiglass and cut it on the table saw with a good blade [[[PROTECT YOUR EYES!]]] now is a good time to put a coat of paint on all the wood, making sure you get all the edges. after it drys you can silicone the plexiglass in place.

Step 3:

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next i glued and nailed the 2 pieces together. then i put the 2nd coat of paint on them. then mask off your design and start painting it, remove the tape carefully as soon as your done. don't let paint dry or it will bleed under tape. then hang your door. pending on your design this step will very. i then added a 2 inch piece of wood to the non opening door as a stop.

Step 4:

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i found this pipe in my garage and thought it would be a good handle. i drilled it with a counter sink bit to make it look a little more futuristic. and to make a push plate i toke a piece of flat aluminum cut it to size and used the counter sink to make some holes. i then used my gasket cleaning tool to give it a different look.

Step 5:

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i then had to draw some stuff on it. i put green led lights around the inside of the door and hooked them into the garage door opener. so when i open the door or some body crosses the beam the will light up.i still need to finish the wall and trim but i think i done with the door.

Thanks for viewing my instructable.

Comments

jgudman (author)2015-04-23

Goose, This is Awesome! As is it looks cool but it needs a slight grunging up because at the moment it looks a bit like an oversized playset (which is actually a part of it's allure, but it's always the realism aspect that separates the boys from the men when it comes to props and sets). It seems like you are already planning to do so with the alien handprint comment but it does need that extra little "nastiness" for maximum mind-blowing power.

(BTW, I realize that the process of "dirtying up" any prop or set is heart wrenching (learned that from personal experience!) but I've never regretted it even when I felt that I went overboard.)

diy tech (author)2015-01-08

very cool, got me thinking about doing something like that for my shop. maybe some cameras outside and need turrets too

amulder1 (author)2014-12-22

Are you going to finish the remaining wall in matching style?

THE GOOSE (author)amulder12014-12-22

a little on each side of the door but not all of it. im all so making a lighted alien hand print access panel on one side. i will post photos when its done.

jmwells (author)2014-12-14

Very well done. A CO2 fog when opened would be a crazy effect.

amulder1 (author)jmwells2014-12-22

And a mumbling voice reciting the Tommy Knockers poem....

thundrepance (author)jmwells2014-12-16

that's funny! < 8^D

woolfie (author)2014-12-19

Nice project. I hope you make "Pshhhh... " sound effects every time you open the door. :-)

THE GOOSE (author)woolfie2014-12-19

now that would be cool!

DoItOrDie (author)2014-12-16

But ... If you wanted a pocket door, why did you make the wall curved?

THE GOOSE (author)DoItOrDie2014-12-16

i built the wall curved to save room on the side where i work on cars, and and i thought it looked cool. i all so had it framed and built most of the way when i decided i didnt want a normal door. and the main purpose of the door is to keep dust out of the rest of my garage, so im ok with how it turned out.

thanks

dragonem (author)2014-12-16

I would have used a pocket sliding door, would give it a more futuristic opening.

THE GOOSE (author)dragonem2014-12-16

Like i said above i wanted to make it a electric type pocket door. but since it is in a curved wall, i had to simplify it. and yes i could take the time and engineer something like that, but its just a door to my wood shop.

Thanks

dragonem (author)THE GOOSE2014-12-16

Yea, I don't actually read them normally, I just glance the pictures.What about putting the door the other way?

vbanaszak (author)2014-12-16

This is so awesome! I would love one in my apartment. LOL I don't think it would fit though. This is so fun. Thanks for sharing your creation.

br0x (author)2014-12-16

Brilliant!

shaman5188 (author)2014-12-16

brilliant, great work. I want one everywhere in my house!

gravityisweak (author)2014-12-15

This is sweet! But what is the photo on your main image?

THE GOOSE (author)gravityisweak2014-12-15

its the photo that gave me the idea and what i started my design from. if i had the space to do the door anyway i wanted, it would have looked like that one. so i just considered it a part of my build.

Thanks: GOOSE

bladero (author)2014-12-15

crazy, but very nice, I like it

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