Plexiglas Bar

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The main components of this bar are aluminum curved truss, frosted clear acrylic sheet, and MDF pedestals covered with a brushed pewter countertop laminate. I was contracted to build this for Creative Visions while working as a freelancer.

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The basic shape was specified by Creative Visions, but I designed the components and pieces in AutoCAD. The 1/2″ clear acrylic sheet was cut by a third party CNC, based on the shape I designated, and then frosted by me using a random orbital sander. I built the legs from MDF and covered them with the laminate myself.

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The bar was designed to be modular, so it could be used in a variety ways for different shows. Here, it is being used in a serpentine configuration as a seating area.

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At smaller events, one quarter of the full bar is sufficient.

Floating Buffet Table

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The designer of this event wanted buffet tables that would “float”, so I constructed these tables out of clear acrylic sheet, framed with minimal tube steel and hung from above with thin wire rope.

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The concept of the tables were inspired by a similar product seen at another event.

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First, I constructed a 3D model of the tables in Google SketchUp. I was able to easily modify the model to fit the specifications of the project and event, and eventually arrived at the above design.

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I produced a cost estimate for the project, detailing the material and labor costs.

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Once the project was approved, I imported the 3D model into AutoCAD and produced construction drawings.

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Here is the final product, backlit by some shimmer drapes and magenta light. Unfortunately, the caterer loaded the tables with heavy glass cubes below each of the dishes, and exceed the weight limits I had specified, hence the noticeable deflection in the tables.

Volcano

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This volcano, built for a client’s luau party, is constructed of spray foam on a wood frame. The interior is lit with PARs and red gel, and the top allows fog or haze to escape.

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This volcano, built for a client’s luau party, is constructed of spray foam on a wood frame. The interior is lit with PARs and red gel, and the top allows fog or haze to escape.

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I put together this proposal for the client with a wireframe 3D model of the volcano and a few research pictures.

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We based the sell price of this project on my material and labor cost estimate.

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The basic shape of the volcano was constructed of 1×3 pine lumber covered in a mix of 1/4″ lauan and 3/4″ plywood. Tiger Foam® was sprayed over the frame, then carved to create the volcano texture.

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After the basic volcano shape was carved, slits were cut into the body of the volcano to form “veins”, and the foam was coated with an elastomeric paint.

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The veins were backed with red gel, and PARs were used to back-light the interior of the volcano. At the top, a closed chamber housed the fog machine and another PAR, to create the glowing smoke effect.

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Here is the final volcano, with the glowing smoke and veins. Unfortunately, the client’s budget could not afford the labor necessary to develop a better method for hiding the seams between the five sections of the volcano, so they are visible.