Picture of Self-sealing stem bolt

As a Star Trek Fan, I was always looking for cool things in the series that I could easily make by myself.
The self-sealing stem bolt was quite easy to make out of cardboard because the geometry is relatively simple. 

Materials used:
- cardboard from the back of a spiral notebook
- corrugated cardboard
- white glue
- aluminum tape
- acrylic paint

Tools used:
- pencil
- steel straight edge
- cutter knive
- exacto knive
- compass
- protractor
- computer with vector graphics software and printer for the label

mos daft10 months ago

2323bg, i realise it has been ages since you wrote your comment, but you are right, every home does indeed need at least one self sealing stem bolt. Unfortunately they appear to be considerably scarcer in the UK than they are around ds9...

I salute your effort majjuss, but it does look like what it is: a cardboard model. I'm after a stem bolt which can withstand a bit of wear and tear. Which brings me to the photo/s you promised 2323bg. Did you put your plan into action? Can we see it? Have you a link to the lamp fittings in question?

2323bg2 years ago
For a Deep Space Nine fan like I am, today was...well interesting. I went to Home Depot just too look around to see if anything caught my eye as being good for a project, with Halloween coming up, for a Star Trek prop. And what did I find? In the lighting fixture section, PERFECT beginnings for, Self-Sealing Stem Bolts. YES!

The awesome find is Phillips Advance Flourescent Slimline Lamp Holders. They come two to a package for just under $5.00.

I don't have any photos yet, but the two parts when glued together ARE Self-Sealing Stem Bolts!!! - wait untill you see this item!! When I have finished the project - I will get back here and post photos on how they look. They have, can you believe this, a spring loaded shaft on each side, jut like the ones on DS9, they are pretty good size and only need some sanding cutting, glueing and painting to impress even Nog and Jake!

Off to start the project - I mean EVERY home needs at least one Self-Sealing Stem Both...right?

majjuss (author)  2323bg2 years ago
Haha, just googled them...
You're right, they do indeed have some star trek potential!
Please do post pictures of your project, your comment made me curious!

Best regards
awesome i love that episode
portalguard3 years ago

As one of the Trekkers the only thing information I can pass along is.

It's from DSN. As shipment of them ended being bought by Nod and Jake and the original buyer a builder. My guess it was a building material item that connects sections together. I always thought this was an easy and cool prop to build. Never got around to it yet. Great Job there.

you could call deep space nine dsn but the officail name for deep space nine is ds9
Tgolucky3 years ago
thats great...what is it? It doesn't say anything about what it does.
majjuss (author)  Tgolucky3 years ago
Hi, the thing I built is just a cardboard model, the only thing you can do with it is slide the bolts in and out and put it somewhere to look at ;) If you have trekkie fans, they might recognize it...
in the star trek series, no one really knows what a self-sealing stem bolt is. It's just a gimmick that appears in two or so episodes.