Thursday, September 6, 2012

Skyloft: Ladder

The original design didn't have a ladder to get up to the loft. I wanted a clean profile. Only access was a few rock climbing pegs. Figure it was a good way to "earn" your way into the fort. But, my wife (and everyone else) seemed to have an opinion otherwise. 

The rungs. Painted black to color match.

The steps on the rungs are coated with a paint that was specific to deck paint. I also added a anti-slip powder to the paint. Don't want any accidents when there's water!

The wood of the ladder itself is reclaimed lumber! Yea! Here, I added a grab hold hole. Might as well make it even safer for people. *cough*wife*cough*

Rounded off the edges. Sanded all the surfaces of the ladder. Making sure it was splinter free.

Hiring some help.

Jaden manning the drill with authority.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Skyloft: Fence/Railing

Mocking up the railing posts

Old school chiselling

Learning the ropes on the drill press.

Stringing up the fence with Russell. It's 1/8" galvanized wire with a PVC coat.

Skyloft: Windows Completed!

The Hinge:
The hinge gave me some sleepness nights. I wanted clean lines through the window detail. Lines that would wrap around the fort. I wanted it to be fully integrated and preferably wood.

Had many sketches as to how it would be accomplished:

Then I mocked one up:
Only to realize there is a flaw in the design. It only opened up 90 degrees. I wanted the window to fully open 180 degrees. So it would sit flush with the wall.

Back to the drawing board. Adding a 45 degree bend to both ends:
It works. It does exactly what I need it to do. Which is to fold the window back 180 degrees. BUT, I don't like it. I don't like the huge protrusion now. It's just an eyesore.

So, guess I'll have to cheat here and use metal hinges. Didn't want to go there, but it's the only way.

O well. This works. And it's cheap.