Monday, September 17, 2007

Jumping on the bandwagon....

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Building an animation table - seems to be the thing to do these days!!

10 comments:

Shelley Noble said...

Woo. What a nice space. You dun gud.

jriggity said...

I SMELL ANIMATION!!!!

cool stuff dood. looks like plenty of space.

jriggity

Andrew Liebau said...

I SMELL LINSEED OIL!!!!

No, but seriously, that's a really nice table. After this you'll be able to dive into the fun stuff! ;)

Good luck.

Darkstrider said...

Thanks all! Unfortunately all that space isn't my animation area - it's too far from the computer. But it's nice to have all that room now to build tables and stuff in! I'll show what the animation station itself is looking like when I move the table into its new home. I's been radically transformed!

As for the table - I wish it was a little bigger. It's 4' x 2'. I wanted 4' x 3', but didn't have any suitable wood that size. But I'm thinking about making some kind of extension for it. Oh well, at least it was free! All made from scrap lumber. One day though I'll make a bigger one (and I also hope to build some specialty stages for specific films, not simple rectangular tables).

Pram said...
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Pram said...

I hate to oversimplify your setup, but why not try a weighted plank of plywood on top of a pair of sawhorses? Works better than you might think...A bunch of stopmo commercials have been shot on sawhorses. Heck, even a hollow core door sitting on sawhorses is serviceable for animation and doesn't require much setting up.

That's a nice table you got there, though.

Pram said...

Ah, one last thing: If you brace the legs with a couple of two-by-fours nailed or screwed on diagonally, you'll have a sturdier table.

Darkstrider said...

Sooo..... first you think I overbuilt it, and then you say I need to brace it up more????

Ok, I don't get it....

;)

Sven Bonnichsen said...

Where the hell have I been?? Nice looking table, Mike!

I'll be curious to know how the plywood works out for you. I've heard it can be splintery when drilling tie-down holes...

Still, less full of chemicals than MDF. I love how cleanly MDF cuts -- but the toxic odor and getting the dust all over creeps me out.

Darkstrider said...

Hi Sven -

I was going to go ahead and use that top, splinters and all, at least for the upcoming film, but I made a huge mess of it when I tried to weather it to look like an old abused barroom floor, so I 'm going to rip it off and substitute a piece of MDF that's the same size. Strange thing though.... maybe you're not supposed to use oil-based woodstain on MDF, or maybe I just overdid it or something, but I stained it a few days ago (like 4 or 5!!) and still the smell is overpowering!!! I'm keeoing two windows open (thsankfully it's nice mild weather) and it's ok when they're open, but after it's been closed up down here for a while it really stinks!!! In the future I think I'll stick to acrylic or latex paint on MDF! Anyway, pics coming soon.