Death Star Trench Run Table

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About: Maker of props

A friend, Jay Babin, at my Makerspace "River City Labs" made a piece of art using a painted motherboard and a 3d printed Malenium Falcon. It inspired me to make the trench run table.

Thanks Jay!!!

Step 1: Acquire Parts

Collect circuit boards. I found a good source of obsolete server motherboards but any standard sized boards could work. Try to get 15 that are the same size. Parts from other boards can be added to give them more detail later.

Step 2: Build a Frame

I upcycled old pallet wood and ran it through the planer and table saw to make standard sized boards. You can build your frame from other sources like sheets of mdf if you prefer.
The key to the frame is to build in some strength as the weight of the motherboards will add up fast. The base should be wide enough to secure the sides to but short enough on length that the motherboards overhang the edge. Continue building with this in mind and have the motherboards overhang wherever possible to give it a cleaner finish. Keep it standard at a thickness that will match the trim pieces you want to wrap the table with.

Step 3: Paint

A flat gray primer is perfect for the Death Star. Remember to spray in a well ventilated area and wear a mask. Spray at least two coats and hit it from every possible angle.
Once the paint dries, add more parts from your collection. I found that heat sinks are a great item to give it the right look.
Glue them on with hot glue or super glue and hit the entire thing with a couple more coats of primer.

Step 4: Build a Frame

I harvested old pallets and processed them into standard boards for my frame but you can use mdf to save time ;)
Build the base wider than the boards so you can add the sides to it. Keep the length shorter than the boards by the thickness of whatever trim pieces you want to add later. Secure the boards to the frame as you build it. Remember to support the top pieces as weight of the boards will add up.

Step 5: Ships!

To match the scale of the motherboards, server boards are quite big, I used Hotwheels xwings, tie fighters, and y wings. The falcon an old Action Fleet vehicle.
Depending on your boards, other variations may be better sized.
The ships that are on top of the glass sit there with no stands needed.
For the ships in the trench, I removed the stands and used standard house wire that I painted, cut to size, and super glued to the bottoms of the ships. I drilled holes in the motherboards and part way into the wood underneath and glued in the wire.

Step 6: Glass

You might be able to scavenge a piece of glass from an existing table but I ended up ordering a custom tempered glass piece from Amazon.
Either add glass supports to your table or get creative and use something like the ducted fans in the servers. They have rubber pads on them already and stood taller than the other parts so they were a perfect fit.

Step 7: Explosion!!!

You can add cool explosions to your table. For mine, I harvested an LED lamp that had a low profile and bright red setting. Use a bit of chicken wire to make the shape, then hot glue cotton stuffing to the outside. Spray paint or preferably airbrush a bit of orange and black to the cotton. Then glue it all to the light.
That's it!
Have fun, get creative, and make your table!

Step 8: Blow Up a Ship

Want to add some excitement? Get an extra ship and blow it up!
I decided to blow up a tie fighter and started by cutting one of the wings off.
Next, use a drill to make a hole in each section to fit a piece of wire.
Hot glue it in and glue some cotton stuffing to cover the wire.
I had an extra led light laying around so i took off the cover, leaving a black base with the led on top. I set the tie fighter on it so the led was under the cotton.

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jbigby

7 months ago

Decided to give this a try, but I already have some glass laying around so my dimensions will be different. Starting the build this week.

PRO TIPS for PARTS!

Here is how to get your PC parts. CRAIGSLIST/OFFER-UP/FB MARKETPLACE. Offer free (junk) PC pickup. I acquired my first 4 this way in 2 days.

Locally owned PC repair shop. Owner is super cool, and he is an E-Cycler. So I basically have a lifetime supply of parts if I need them.

The PC tower frame metal is very Death Star too. Especially the back where all your cable inputs are.

Happy hunting!

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LaurentP30

7 months ago

amazing job!!!!!!

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DavidBrister

7 months ago

I believe this is one of the coolest things on Instructables, going to try this when I have the time. A couple pictures you had fiber optics in the explosion and in others they were not. Was there a reason you took them out or was this added later? Thanks

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BadWolfPropsDavidBrister

Reply 7 months ago

I made a few explosions to swap in and out and see what i liked best. Some with and some without fiber optics. And various sizes. I am torn on having the fibers vs not

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jababBadWolfProps

Reply 7 months ago

I think the only way to resolve your feeling of being torn is to just build one table for each option... two tables are better anyway

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stevemoseley

7 months ago

Brilliant! Love it! Putting this on my list for future projects. Way to recycle things as well.

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btma

7 months ago

Such work,requires a lot of commitment, congratulations you have succeeded.

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jedii72

7 months ago

Dude, that is freakin AWESOME!

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Cambenora

7 months ago

Cool stuff!
How many motherboards would it take to build the entire Death Star? ;-)

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muadibe

7 months ago on Step 8

YOU, are, The man.
Fantastic.

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BadWolfPropsLevelRabbit3493

Reply 7 months ago

You could do it several ways.
The cheapest and easiest would be to either make or find small boxes. Looking at the actual film used panels, they are mostly small square or rectangular shapes.
There are 3d files out there of the actual panels too, so you could print it.

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krqxpunch

7 months ago on Introduction

This is quite possibly the best thing I have ever seen on the internet. Thank you

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daofgeek

7 months ago

Don't be too proud of this technological terror you've constructed. The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force. Ahhhhh, what am I saying? This is awesome! Lego Vader approves.

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AMbros Custom

7 months ago

wow !!!! what a great concept...

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BadWolfProps

8 months ago

I added an extra step for blowing up a ship

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DustinM3

8 months ago

Great job. I used to know a couple people at a River City Labs in Illinois. Great place.

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