My 1st Star Wars Death Star Mancave

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About: Im guy that loves to create and build. I am a huge Star Wars fan and Marvel fan so alot of my inspirations come from those fandoms. I am A major 80s hippie! My wife says Im stuck there but thats ok with me b...

This was my 1st attempt at making a Star wars themed /Death Star man cave. Years earlier I had Built My man cave to be a tribute to the 80's complete with custom built rubiks cube coffee tables and 80s movie posters. I decided that I wanted something that could stand out a bit more so being that i am a Huge Star wars nerd I decided to build the Death star! I was approximately 90% complete when the flood of Harvey came thru and put 4 and a half feet of water in it making me start completely over on the Star wars Man cave 2.0 that i cover in a separate Intructable. Happy building and I hope this can help you with your projects!!

Supplies:

Smooth masonite board or sheetrock

Titanium grey or Battleship grey paint. (color will really sepend on how dark your room is)

2x4s and framing materials. 1x2s, 1x3s, 1x4s of varying lengths. I went with the pre primed ones.

3/4 plywood for decking

Plexiglass/glass (depending on what you want to spend. I went with Glass for the big panels for a cleaner look)

LED light strips. I used the 6803 magic dream chipset because I wanted the chasing lights)

Step 1:

needed inspiration so I used this photo since it so closely resembled the shape of my room and was from the Death Star

Step 2: Walls

I was not fortunate enough to start out with smooth sheetrock, so I had to do something to get smooth walls! After much deliberation, I decided to cover the walls with 1/8" Masonite panels

Step 3: Lighting

The lighting was the biggest obstacle. I cut a 20" wide section out of the sheetrock that was floor to ceiling. the lighting I used was rgb LED striplights that you can get on amazon.

Step 4: Paint

I used a metallic battleship (almost titanium) Grey. I actually wish I would have went a shade lighter but it really depends on what pics you use for reference. The pic above was what I used but when I look at the movie the walls look lighter. Use your own judgement on the color that you want to reference.

Step 5: The Deck

I went with a deck because I figured this would be the best way to conceal all the electronics that will run the room. surround sound reciever, and game consoles. On each end I continued the LED lighting. the light pattern was made by a buddy of mine that worked in a sign shop, same for the patterns I used on the glass in the walls.

Step 6: Windows Into Space

these were cut into the sheetrock and will have 2 TVs mounted in them and trimmed out to look like lighted windows. I'm planning to use a dual monitor system and run a video file of outer space on each tv. I will eventually animate TIE Fighters that fly past the windows and maybe some asteroids. Below each tv is a fold out table to hold my game consoles so my son and friends can game together on the tvs

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    jw985

    Question 10 months ago on Step 3

    What material did you use for the light diffusion?

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    Lance70jw985

    Answer 20 days ago

    Hey sorry it so long answering this . I havent been on in quite a while. I used a glass frost spray that is made by Rustoleum and sold at Home Depot or local hardware stores.

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    GysdB

    7 weeks ago on Step 3

    Hi,
    Looks awesome.
    How did you construct the lighting panels?

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    Lance70GysdB

    Reply 20 days ago

    Hello. The big ones are glass with a decal i had made put over the front to replicate the pattern. I had it drawn up at a decal shop

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    docman100

    1 year ago

    You should enter this into a contest! it is umbelivable!!!

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    sleeepy2

    2 years ago

    That's fantastic!

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    BillyC31

    3 years ago

    Great work looks great