R2D2 log burning stove, made due to popular demand...enjoy...
Step 1: Locate An Empty Vessel
For the body of the R2D2 I used an old 19kg gas bottle. Make sure the bottle is empty. Carefully remove the tap and fill the bottle with water, this will displace any left over gas and make it safe to start cutting.
Step 3: Wet Your Whistle
Now you have removed the handle and cut off the gas tap, grab your garden hose and fill the bottle with water, this will displace any left over gas and make it safe to start cutting into.
Step 4: Legs
The legs for the R2 are made from some heavy duty 5mm box section. I used the safety handle from the top of the bottle to create the curved top.
Step 5: Fancy Foot Work
To create the shape if the R2D2 legs I marked them out with my magic marker and cut them using my 4" grinder. This took ages and used several blades. A plasma cutter would be much better for this job.
The off cuts from the legs were used to create the feet, very little is wasted.
Step 6: Top That
To create the top detailing I used to top of another old gas bottle which had been removed for a previous design, this was used to create the curved top panels. These were propped up while I welded them in place to make them stick up more and add depth. The left over middle was used to create R2's eye.
Step 7: Magic Eye
The safety handle which was used to create the curved section on top of the legs was also used to create the large eye piece on top of R2.
Step 8: Stand On Your Own 2 Feet
With the legs and top section fabricated, I positioned the R2 with a slightly backward lean and welded the legs into position. I used some pieces of 4" steel pipe to create some spacers between the legs and body.
Step 9: Get Detailing
I studied a few pictures from the internet and chose some of the details and features I wanted to try and capture, use some creativity and artistic licensing here...I didn't want an exact copy but something that captured some of the styling from the movie.
Step 10: Final Touches
The handle is made from a strip of steel bolted using 7mm threaded bar and double nutted. Extra holes, vents and details were added and all the old paint removed.
Step 11: Grind Baby Grind
I used an ark welder for this job so some of the welding is a bit messy, I grinded and polished the hell out of the burner before finished with three coats of ultra high temp clear coat with hand painted black detailing, again using ultra high temp paint.
I'm really please with the end result and will be interested to see what it fetches on eBay.
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