Sunday, May 25, 2008

Framing Continues

Moose and I continued our work on the four frames we started yesterday. All pieces were cut to size, so we will route out notches and connection locations the next time we meet.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Framing Started

The rain finally stopped for a day; so after I got all my outside chores done, Moose and I got together for an impromptu frame building session. We are using the Mike Senna frame plans and the Matthew Henricks printed tutorial to help us through our work. We were going to build two frames, but since we had extra wood and the jigs were already made, we decided to make four. We got the outside of the upper and lower plates and outside of the middle ring cut and routed. With any luck we should be able to finish cutting and routing the frames tomorrow evening.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Frame Plans

I picked up wood frame plans from Jason Neurath today. I spoke with Moose and we are going to build four frames at the same time over the long Memorial Day weekend.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Our Builders Group Made The Bellevue Leader

Our local builder's club made the Bellevue Leader today in an article written by Zachary McDonald.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Aluminum Skins Ordered

I made my first purchase today. I ordered aluminum skins from Edward Sherrell. Can you call yourself an R2 builder if you haven't built anything yet?

Saturday, May 17, 2008

My First Build Day

I accepted a local builder's invitation and went to their build day. Wow! Nothing compares to seeing these works of art up close and personal. I was only going to stop by, talk to a couple of people, get some ideas, and then go home. I spent the entire day speaking with and assisting a great group of people. I definitely have the building bug! R2-NU, your time is coming!

Friday, May 9, 2008

Local Builders Club

I ran across a posting by a builder about a local group on the Yahoo R2 Builders Club boards. They mainly from Nebraska and Iowa and they meet independently from the larger group. It’s one thing to see the R2 building process on line, but I jumped at the chance to become part of a local group that I could speak with and look at what they’ve done.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008


Welcome to my R2-NU blog. I have always been a sci-fi fan. From a very young age my brother and I would watch the Star Wars and play with the action figures. I have also had a secret fascination with robots, but I have never gone the extra step to actually build one.

While watching TV in late May of 2007 I ran across a Star Wars special that showed the R2 Builders Club. I jumped online right away and signed up to get more information. I became a member of the Yahoo R2 Builders Club on May 30, 2007 and started my research.

I was amazed at how many different types of R Units there were and the quality of the finished products. I wanted to build a R2-D2, but I didn’t want mine to be lost in the crowd. I decided that I was going to make a themed R2-D2 that reflected one or more of my other interests.

Just as Star Wars has a spiritual-like following among its fans, so does Nebraska athletics. Being an alumnus of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, I’m not ashamed to say, I also developed a spiritual like devotion for all things Nebraska. The choice seemed natural. Join these to loves in a “Husker Red” colored R2 named R2-NU.