Inspired by the "instructable" of Frank-Gish 3D hologram pyramid I had the idea to build a pirate ship with a Holodeck. But instead of a screen up pyramid, I made a screen down pyramid. So you can not immediately see where the light comes from.
It was a Christmas Gift for my son.
Step 1: Plan, Tools and Material
I never work with a plan, I made only a drawing how it should looks like
- table saw
- scroll saw
- angle grinder
- belt sander
- random orbit sander
- cordless drill
- drill press
- 3 layer pine 3/4" (base and Intermediate deck)
- 4mm plywood for the decks
- 2mm Balsa wood
- walnut for the poles
- black card board
- black cord
- water stain
- linseed oil
- wood glue
- super glue + accelerator
Step 2: The Base
I started with a board, made one line with a strip of wood and then I made a mirror image of this line with a try square and a compass and cut it out with a jigsaw.
Step 3: Bow and Stern
The bow was made from 3 pieces I glued together, I shaped it with an angle grinder.
The stern is only a board I screwed on and after that I shaped it also with a angle grinder.
Step 4: Intermediate Deck
In the front I glued a piece of wood with the same height as the stern on the bow.
The intermediate deck has a notch which fits into the bow.
I put the boat upside down and marked the shape of the intermediate deck.
After I had it cut with a jigsaw I drilled a hole for the mast.
I screwed it on and shaped it with a angle grinder.
Step 5: The Boat Skin
The boat skin is made of black card board.
I glued it on and fixed it with staples. Later I removed all the staples
Step 6: The Bow-Nose
I glued a piece of wood on the top of the bow and after the glue was dry I shaped it with a belt sander.
Then I drilled a hole for the front pole and one for the first mast.
Step 7: The Poles
The poles are made of walnut.
I cut square rods and with a thread cutter I made them round on one end.
Then I marked and drilled the holes for the rope.
Step 8: The Rope Holder
The rope holder are little boards with wooden pins.
I am sure these have a special name but I don't know it, If you know it please let me know in the comment section below.
Step 9: The Stairs
I slit two little pieces of walnut on the table saw for the steps.
One for the right side of the stair and one for the left.
I divided them so I got 4 pieces for two stairs.
I also cut the steps on the table saw and then I glued all together.
Step 10: The Ladders
I drilled holes, all in the same distance in a bigger piece of walnut and then I cut it in stripes.
In this way all holes fits together.
The ladder rungs are made from 2 mm wooden rods, I cut them with a chisel.
Step 11: The Windows
For the windows I used black paper and balsa wood (2mm thick).
The advantage using black paper is, nobody will see a mistake when you later paint the wood. Balsa wood is awesome! You can cut it in strips easier than paper. And it sticks perfect with wood glue. The trick is: Glue a strip of balsa wood on the paper. Glue a second strip parallel to the first ( depending how width your window should be) It need not be exact parallel.
You don't need to cut the cross strips in length and handle all these tiny parts! Cover a long strip with glue, lay it cross over your length strips and then cut it with a sharp knife in position. This will push the piece down and it glues on immediately in the right position.
Step 12: Balsa Wood Skin
The upper part of the ship hull got a skin of balsa wood, which I glued on.
Step 13: The Bridge
The upper deck got a extra layer of 4 mm plywood.
I drilled 4 bigger holes for poles in it and many small holes for the railing poles.
Then I glued it on the boat.
The 4 bigger poles got a hole in the middle
I glued the 4 poles onto the deck and the small ones on the board except the 4 in the corners. These are longer and with them I pinned the deck on the poles.
Step 14: The Rudder and the Mast Basket
For the rudder I slit two little boards on the table saw. Then I put a wire into the slot and glued a little strip into the slot. after the glue was dry I removed the wire and I cut finger joints on the scroll saw. I put the two parts together with a wire, painted it with water stain and glued it on the stern.
The mask basket is only a little board with holes, where I put wooden rods in and a rope around these poles.
Step 15: Stain an Oil
I painted all parts with water stain. The advantage is you can furthermore use wood glue after the stain is dry.
All the hardwood pieces got a layer of linseed oil.
Step 16: Last Correction
Over all the holes of the staples I glued a strip of black card board.
The openings on the deck got a little wall of plywood.
These walls are not fixed so you can remove them and store same little parts inside.
Step 17: The Ship's Wheel and the Anchor
I printed a picture from a ship's wheel and and from an anchor, found in the internet, with my printer.
I glued them on a piece of plywood and cut them out with a scroll saw.
Step 18: The Masts and the Sails
The masts are only wooden rods put in a hole on the deck. They are not glued and can remove.
The crossbars are only fixed with a rubber band.
The sails are a piece of cotton. They are only fixed with a rope and not glued.
Every mast has only one rope. It goes from one pin form the rope holder over the mast top to the other side around a pin and back to the first side.
Step 19: The Holodeck
The Holodeck is only a little board with two bars, where you can put a smart phone on with the screen down.
How the little pyramid is made, can you find here Frank-Gish 3D hologram pyramid
So put the little pyramid on the Holodeck, find a video for hologram pyramids on YouTube. There are two different types videos, some for screen-up and some for screen-down. I my case I need screen-down-videos.
Start a video on the smartphone, put the smartphone on the Holodeck and the Holodeck under the bridge. Turn the light of and enjoy the show.