2019-09-05 (Th) PillarGame

One of the issues discussed during the group meeting was after I tripped over the base. Our designer suggested that it could have a top so people would not try to step over it and it would give us a place to rest controllers during the presentation and monitors while working. I sketched this drawing when folks at the hackspace asked what I was building.
The concept for adding a tabletop

My dimensions came from an online calculator. The base was four feet wide, and Medium Density Fiberboard, MDF, sheets come in four-foot sections. To make things easier to transport, I bought two pieces that were four feet long by two feet wide and three-quarters of an inch thick. This comes to 1.2m by 0.6m and 20mm thick.

Moving the base was not going to be a simple task. It bare fit through doors when there was nothing. On the top, and now it had fragile electronics. I figured I would make it fit in the back seat with some careful maneuvering, but then I remembered that I bought a bicycle rack for a failed project years ago. The bottom of the base was not fragile, and enough rope should keep it in place.
Ready for shipping

The bicycle rack worked better than I might have hoped. The base was narrower than the car, the angled spars helped stabilize it, so a single length of rope was all I needed. I could have gotten by with a couple of bungee cords, but I trapped them in the trunk (boot) before I attached the rack. All the wood and MDF fit neatly in the car with me.
That's not a bicycle

I converted the foot-inch-fraction measurements from the online calculator to inches and fractions to make it easier to read my tape measure. It seemed to be going well.
Drawing cut lines

Even though I measured twice and cut once, somehow my boards failed to line up. Another quick measurement showed that my MDF sheets were not identical, to begin with. One was shorter than 4 feet and wider than two feet. The surface area was probably the same, but that didn’t help me line up the corners. The longer sheet had to be trimmed down, and it is no longer on track to be a precise octagon. From a distance, it shouldn’t be noticeable to anyone but me.
Curse of dissimilar MDF sheets

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