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Auxiliary Core Strut WIP by MikeDoscher Auxiliary Core Strut WIP by MikeDoscher
It's like cosplay for my office.

For a while, I've been working on a new piece of sculpture/furniture to give my personal space that sense of being trapped in a postindustrial nightmare that it was missing. Primer is your friend, as is 220 sandpaper. Bondo is more of an on again off again relationship that produces only angry sex and restraining orders.

(It's also been fun trolling my ex coworkers on Facebook, by obliquely claiming this is part of the reconstruction of an alien craft.)

Pine, birch plywood, and filler. I can't wait to get the paint on there and get the lights hooked up. Yes, there will be lights.
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beltminer Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
wow man, you've got talent coming out of your ears! this is huge.
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PLing Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I want that in my life. Now please!

Great work, I would love to have a shed or a garage to tinker something in.
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PLing Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I want that in my life. Now please!
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Mr--Jack Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Professional
Friggin' great man!
I was at a science-fiction exhibition the other day and was totally inspired to do something like this, glad to know that someone is actually doing it (since there's no way I'll actually get around to doing anything)
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
Heheh, thanks. :) I imagine your current projects keep you more than busy enough.
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kalebthrift Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
Looks like it's something that controls massive power with the top lever..
Buuut otherwise great work! :D
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DrakosDoomhaze Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You should totally make it more elaborate or maybe make it seem more showy with maybe some speakers.
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
There's always that impulse, but this is going to going in tightly next to a bookshelf in a small office, so I don't want to have too many elements competing for attention.
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BlitzJaeger Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012
Its great looking! Can you tell me what it is? I think I see drawers...whats the big open central area for? Anyway, good job.
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks! It's sort of a bookshelf, but it's kind of a sculpture, and a source of accent light as well- or rather it will be. There are two drawers as well. I suppose it's most descriptive to just call it a 'prop'.
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BlitzJaeger Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012
I see, well thats really neat looking. you could almost use the big open area as a vase holder/tall slender thing holder. Look forward to seeing it finished. Props on your prop! ;)
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LockeLockeRevolution Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012
Haha "cosplay for the office" XD.

I was reading the description and was going to say, "You should add lights." That is going to be awesome. Are you going to get specific colors, or one of those LED panels that are multi-color?
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
For a test fitting, I ordered one of those remote controlled 3 watt LED bulbs with a remote. I have a few different colors that I think might look right, but this will let me test things out before I make any sort of deeper commitment.
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LockeLockeRevolution Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012
Sounds good! If it doesn't work out, I think sheets of acrylic helps boost the color of the LEDs ... which could probably be used for another possible project?
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
I got the 3 watt LED today, and I'm satisfied with both the light output and color. Only thing is, it needs some sort of diffuser, and frosted acrylic seems like the way to go.
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LockeLockeRevolution Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012
Awesome! can't wait to see the final result! :aww:
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zonkm Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012
Looks awesome!

I used to use Bondo as filler until I worked in rapid prototyping and learned you could actually build stuff with it. I will forever quote you when when explaining my own on again/off again relationship with Bondo :)
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yeah, I got turned on to the possibilities of the stuff back in school. One of the instructors I had used the stuff to make shallow press molds for ceramics out of it. Then I heard about this other guy who was an auto body tech that would make sculptures of of cardboard, cover them with Bondo, and then sand it down to get the final profile.
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MetalSnail Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks great can't wait to see the paint job!
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Frenotx Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012
I like what I see. :)
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tuner7000 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012
man thats a cool piece of furniture :wow:

with all the lights fit it will be even cooler :D

and what are you going to do for paint job if I may ask :aww:
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks. :)

The lights are going to be in two spots: Behind the upper grating, and behind big drawer so that some light hits frosted acrylic behind the grate in the drawer.

The paint is still something I'm figuring out, but I'm almost certain it's going to be a worn metallic finish, possibly with polished highlights.
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tuner7000 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012
nice the lights will really give it a machine like effect if there placed there :D

and if you would do the worn metallic finish that would really finish it of :la:

good luck man can't wait to see the finished piece :excited:
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Techy-Ben Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012
Green flickering glow coming out of the centre grill!?! :D
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Good guess! XD
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Techy-Ben Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012
Well, it's cliché but very fitting!
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taibu Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012
Nice design :) i wait next post
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Joey1058 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
VERY cool looking!
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GermanPete Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
If that's not interesting I should reconsider calling myself interested in post-industrial!
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Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012
Very cool project. Can't wait to see how it shapes up!
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darquewanderer Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012
Interesting. Looking forward to it's completion.
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xxxRavenbladexxx Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is going to be so awesome :D
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karanua Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Its certain to be a talking point at any party you throw thats for sure. Excellent thought provoking design coupled with traditional materials, congratulations, a surefire winner :clap:
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RalfMaximus Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Looks like there's room for a coffee maker in there...
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012
This continues to become more delightful to gaze upon. Lights! Mmm.

I always liked to use Duratite Surfacing Putty instead of Bondo. Easy to work with, didn't shrink when it cured, but I could re-work it with acetone if I needed to. So they stopped making it. Feh.
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Glad you like it! Yeah, I intend to use a set of LED accent lights to give a glow to the gratings, but I want to get the surface right first. That putty sounds interesting, to look it up. Bondo sure isn't perfect, but it seems tolerable for what I'm doing.
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DesignerFlex Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is pretty freakin great. I must say you are one of the most talented artists I know.
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TomRedlion Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing what a little bit of work on ordinary materials can do. With imagination and elbow grease, wood can be turned into metal. (Give or take the thermal conductive qualities of metals)
BRAINSTORM!! Alien unobtainium alloys don't conduct heat well. Yeah!
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Durnstaros Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awesome! Damn this looks good. Got some sheets of plywood and mdf I really should turn into something like this..
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