How to Build a Daft Punk Table Replica

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Introduction: How to Build a Daft Punk Table Replica

About: My name is Carlos Zoido and I'm an Industrial Engineer living in Madrid. I love design, art, music and computers...
The idea is to build a replica of the Daft Punk Table sold at Habitat, very nice, but, as long as I know not sold anymore.
The building process is not very complicated, the hardest part is to decide everything when your starting point is zero. I could get some ideas about the construction of the table like the use of "carton pluma" from Mathieu, a french guy that made one before I made mine. You can see Mathieu's table at: http://www.dailymotion.com/miniDaftPunkTable
This is one picture of the table i constructed myself.
You can get more info on http://mrgalleta.wordpress.com/
You can find the sources in: http://github.com/czoido/



 

Step 1: Let's Get Started...

Ok! As many people has written me after watching the youtube videos, interested in the construction of the table, i'll write a quick'n'dirty guide excuse my English, but I'll write this very fast and English is not my native language.

So let's begin constructing the daft punk table replica. The materials i used for the table where MDF and 10mm grey. They produce an overall impression very similar to the original one, if not better. Under the glass there is a red plexiglass square and the 5x5 division are made of "carton pluma".

Its a good idea to put a sheet of difuser like thick onion paper on top of these squares so the light of the leds difusses through the red plexiglass.

Step 2: The Red Plexiglass...

The second thing I made was to buy the plexiglass, just the same dimension as the squares. These are the first tries with leds in the squares. The plexiglass still had the plastic protection.
Probably the plexiglass is one of the most expensive materials to buy (apart from the glass, of course). I think I got this piece for about 35€(I was lucky the had some cut rests I could use) in a Madrid shop.

Step 3: Inner Structure...

The inner structure of the table, from wich the glass will be suspended is made in MDF in my replica. If anyone has the intention of constructing one, I would recommend a less dense wood, since MDF is extremely heavy. It was 19mm thick MDF, i think. I bought it at C/Madera in Madrid City and it was quite cheap. So after taking all these to home (the hardest part) I verified the dimensions of all the parts joining the elements with adhesive tape.

Step 4: Joining and Painting

So the joints where these typical wood joints, with some screw reinforcements… Combined with wood glue they make a quiet robust joint, so the structure can support the glass weight… You have to consider that if you use 10mm glass you can get a final weight from about 40 Kg just in glass….

After this, the next is painting it in black. I used a water based paint that doesnt smell with matt appeareance. The paint is not a critical point since it wont be perceived through the glass.

Step 5: Electronics

Well… so I will explain briefly how I made this part… Each square has 8 red hight brightness leds inside no oriented upwards so the light difusses better. It makes 200 total leds, it’s a bit boring to solder so many leds… The control of these leds ia made with a PIC 16F876A Microcontroller. The control software is in C and I made a software in order to design the sequences. The sequences are changed via RS232 communication when I play music on Winamp I programmed a PlugIn that synchs the table with the music bpm’s… Maybe all the software stuff was one of the easiests and fastest to develope as I have long experience with the subject.

So… the PIC receives the signal via RS232 (I will make this communication via Zigbee when I get some Xbee modules) and transmits them thorugh I2C to PCF8574 that make use of the ULN28003 in order to get enough current to feed the leds…

So here are some pictures of the soldering process (It was quiet boring and the results are not very well looking, but none will see the soldered board):

Step 6: The Glass

Maybe one of the riskiest parts of the construction. I covered the table with grey 10mm glass. All the glass was about 180 euros with the sharp edges rounded. The original table has some parts of the glass joined with glue, i think, but as my table was becoming so heavy i wanted a system to suspend the glass so you could unmount it. I made this modifying some coat adhesive hangers and painting them in black, there are four hangers for each vertical glass i think the result was quiet good .Now there are some pictures of the table without the glass and with it:

Step 7: So Here It Is!

Thanks for your attention, i hope it's useful for someone...

Step 8: The Table in Action...

I recorded this video with the table connected to winamp, as you can se the table is synchronized with the music...



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of How many mcd are the leds that you use?

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how is this a daft punk table?

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It was designed by Daft Punk!

Hey I was just wondering if I were to use a mirrored surface In the divisions would it make a brighter light and better diffusion.

hola, tienes diagramas de circuiteria y esas cosas???

Bonito trabajo, vecino

Has pensado en poner Leds RGBs.???

Hey buddy, awesome project. Can you please show us the schematics and code you used? Thank you!

what are the dimensions of the table you used?

Hi,

Nice job.

Is possible to share the schema and Hex ( or MiKroC source file)

My best regards,

Is there any chance that you could put up a link or something of the scematics you used to build your boards both for the control side and the LED side?

Hi - nice table!  I'm looking to build one from your instructions - do you have the winamp plugin and circuit diagrams available.  Any help very much appreciated.

Does anyone have any more information on the Winamp plugin? I know how to do everything else except the plugin for winamp. When it comes to writing a plugin for winamp that outputs to RS232 I am completely lost on what to do. I'd appreciate either a plugin itself or to be pointed in the right direction plugin wise. How exactly would I go about writing this plugin if I need to replicate it?

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Looked into older winamp releases and it looks like the 2.xx versions have great plugins for serial port integration. I'll look into it further. Me and a friend are starting on this project soon and will document it all in video, write-ups, and files as well.

unholyknight, Did you ever start or finish this project?

Sadly I never got the time to work on this. School and work were just eating too much of my time.

Hi, I'm been extremely busy for the last months but I´ll try post some code examples explaining how to do it... You can start having a look at the Winamp SDK and some code examples of RS232 output in C.

What about using an LEDWiz to control it? I think that'd make this pretty easy, and just use the "LEDBlinky Animation Editor" to control its animations. You could also use the "Luminaudio™ Engine" software for the LEDWiz to make it beat to the music. I know that kinda takes part of the "homebuilt" aspect out of this project, but it'd get it running until you can make your own controller.

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I've just ordered the LED-Wiz and i'm gonna try it out, hope it works