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  1. Matty Matt's Avatar
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    Jan 31, 2014, 3:17 PM - Carbon Freeze Chamber Themed Display - How I Built One #1

    I wanted a stand for my mannequin to raise it up a bit and I figured I'd build something with some style, a lighted carbon freeze chamber base. This was a fun, inexpensive project and I'm very pleased with the results. I did this on a budget, so everything was done pretty much as cheaply as possible.

    I started by basically building a wooden box. The display is 2' by 4' with a height of 6". The top is just 1/4" plywood (this comes already 2' by 4', so no cutting). The sides are just poplar boards. Once the basic box was all nailed and glued, I drew a grid pattern on the top so I knew where to make the cuts.





    Every box with an X got a pilot hole drilled. Then I drilled out a large hole with a 2 1/4" hole saw.





    Lots of holes to drill...this took some time.





    Now every row of holes gets a large cutout connecting two holes. I used a jigsaw to make these cuts, very careful to go nice and straight.





    Fast forward a bit and this is what it looks like from the underside. All of the holes are cut and sanded smooth.
    I decided to design this with an open back so I could access the inside easily. This also helps with ventilation.





    The whole thing was sanded and painted in gray primer. I also cut some small wooden supports to go under my mannequin's feet.





    A few coats of gloss black...





    I ordered a couple sheets of amber acetate online and here I am testing out different materials to diffuse the light.





    Whoa...pretty cool!!! I chose to go with the white plastic towards the rear. The stuff towards the front was just parchment paper.





    I bought a piece of 1/8" plexiglass for the top. I secured it with some stainless steel bolts in the corners.
    The plexiglass gives it a finished look and also helps to support the top. The plywood is very flexible with all those holes cut out.





    Here it is with the acetate installed. I just stapled it right in there with the white plastic diffusers behind.




    For the lights I used two old lamps I was going to throw out. They are literally just table lamps that I took the bases off of.
    I had to rewire them in order to do that, but at least I didn't have to buy lights. And they work great!





    Just regular 60 watt bulbs. They get warm but not hot enough to melt anything. This is never on for long periods of time anyway.





    And the finished product! The open back has a cool lighting effect I think.






    It really ties the room together.




    I'm sure I forgot a bunch of details, so If anyone has questions please fire away. Something like this would work great for a Vader or Stormtrooper as well. Thanks for looking!
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    Jan 31, 2014, 3:28 PM - Re: Carbon Freeze Chamber Themed Display - How I Built One #2

    Talk about interior decorative skill!!! It does really bring it all together to make it an inhabitable living space!
    Glad you took pics along the way, will definitely help getting one of these built for my future man cave.
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    Jan 31, 2014, 4:42 PM - Re: Carbon Freeze Chamber Themed Display - How I Built One #3

    That looks really nice.
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    Jan 31, 2014, 4:58 PM - Re: Carbon Freeze Chamber Themed Display - How I Built One #4

    great work .. love it !!
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    Jan 31, 2014, 5:29 PM - Re: Carbon Freeze Chamber Themed Display - How I Built One #5

    pure awesome that display is much better than just the floor
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    Jan 31, 2014, 7:14 PM - Re: Carbon Freeze Chamber Themed Display - How I Built One #6

    Whoa that looks awesome. I just got my mannequin a couple of weeks ago. We're a bit short of space at the moment but when we move and I claim my man cave, something like this is what I'm gonna have a go at building!! Great job
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    Jan 31, 2014, 10:20 PM - Re: Carbon Freeze Chamber Themed Display - How I Built One #7

    That base really puts the display over the top. Nice work!
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    Feb 1, 2014, 7:43 AM - Re: Carbon Freeze Chamber Themed Display - How I Built One #8

    ....I hope you don't mind if I copy your idea and do this for myself.This is great!

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    Feb 1, 2014, 8:06 AM - Re: Carbon Freeze Chamber Themed Display - How I Built One #9

    Holy fcuk dude excellent.....
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    Feb 1, 2014, 5:58 PM - Re: Carbon Freeze Chamber Themed Display - How I Built One #10

    That's really well put together Matt
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    Feb 5, 2014, 8:50 AM - Re: Carbon Freeze Chamber Themed Display - How I Built One #11

    I'm glad you guys like it. Thanks for the kind words. I would love to see some more builds for things like this. You guys would probably come up with better ideas than me, lol.
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    Feb 6, 2014, 10:47 AM - Re: Carbon Freeze Chamber Themed Display - How I Built One #12

    I think you should sell these. If you had time of course...
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    Feb 6, 2014, 10:49 AM - Re: Carbon Freeze Chamber Themed Display - How I Built One #13

    That is so awesome. great job!!
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    Feb 6, 2014, 12:18 PM - Re: Carbon Freeze Chamber Themed Display - How I Built One #14

    Best display stand Ive seen!
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    Feb 7, 2014, 5:27 PM - Re: Carbon Freeze Chamber Themed Display - How I Built One #15

    Agree with what people above me have said, that is a fantastic way to show off Fett in his "natural environment", Smithsonian like.
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    Feb 11, 2014, 12:07 AM - Re: Carbon Freeze Chamber Themed Display - How I Built One #16

    Yes! I love these bits that people add to show off their suits when not trooping!
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    Feb 25, 2014, 2:04 PM - Re: Carbon Freeze Chamber Themed Display - How I Built One #17

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    hey dude, here's some pictures of my progress so far! Thanks again for the thread! the first picture was actually not used in the end as it was some old ply i had lying around, and once painted, it looked awful! So I started again on some new material and turned out much better! I'll upload some more when I get the rest of the materials!
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    Feb 25, 2014, 8:21 PM - Re: Carbon Freeze Chamber Themed Display - How I Built One #18

    Awesome dude!!!
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    Feb 26, 2014, 2:30 PM - Re: Carbon Freeze Chamber Themed Display - How I Built One #19

    Thanks man, will post some more when I can!
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    Mar 5, 2014, 8:17 PM - Re: Carbon Freeze Chamber Themed Display - How I Built One #20

    Uuuuuuuhhhh RAAAAAD!!!
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    Completed it dude! My cardboard cut out will have to suffice until I get my build started/completed! Hope you like it man, thanks for the thread and the messages dude, helped out big time!
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    Mar 13, 2014, 11:52 AM - Re: Carbon Freeze Chamber Themed Display - How I Built One #22

    Stealing your idea. Sorry. Ill use a work cited page though :-)
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    Mar 17, 2014, 2:22 PM - Re: Carbon Freeze Chamber Themed Display - How I Built One #23

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    Completed it dude! My cardboard cut out will have to suffice until I get my build started/completed! Hope you like it man, thanks for the thread and the messages dude, helped out big time!

    Awesome! That looks exactly like mine. Exactly. Maybe better, lol. Very nice.
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    Mar 18, 2014, 6:15 AM - Re: Carbon Freeze Chamber Themed Display - How I Built One #24

    ha awesome dude cheers! Was a really fun build!

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