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Creating the Nether Build Contest Prize

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Cyprezz avatar Cyprezz
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I'm documenting my progress on the creation of the "secret" hand-made prize for the talented member who wins the Nether Build Contest.

Since it's supposed to be a secret, I won't explicitly say what it is but I don't think it will be hard to guess particularly as I continue to update my progress.

Ideally, it will be finished around the same time that the contest judging wraps up. That's my goal but I also want to make sure it's well made.

Log #1 | Constructing the base
Cut six wooden panels. Check! Doing this in my driveway on a hot day... hmm. Having a stable surface vs being hot.

Creating the Nether Build Contest Prize

Cutting wooden support strips to size.

Creating the Nether Build Contest Prize

Aligned the support strips onto two of the wooden panels leaving enough space for the remaining panels to rest on.

Creating the Nether Build Contest Prize

Figured I'd sign my work even though it's going to be sealed closed... :P

One finished wooden box. It is just the base of what I'm creating.

Starting the next phase...

I should have another update after this weekend after running to get more materials.

Progress Log #2 | Start carving the foam board

After finishing the base and it's outer foam board shell, I etched a grid into the sides. I'll smooth out the rough areas later. Quite time consuming to get this "right". Great thing about hand-made art, the imperfections typically end up adding to more character of the final product than you anticipated. Least that's the hope :P At certain point, you have to move on to the next step.

With the grid as my guide, I mapped out a game plan for carving as well as other planned alterations. It's getting dark out so the coloring is heavily adjusted by the camera.

The carving begins! Originally, I wasn't planning on this style of carving. It *was* going to easier. I often have ideas during the creation of something that I can't resist. I'm committed at this point to several nights of carving. It will be worth it.

Here's two sides "done" with initial carving phase. There's another phase of carving on top of this but I'll finish the other two sides first. When you're working on something you've never done before, you end up developing techniques that either speed things up or improve the result as you go. Usually it's best to complete one part of a process before moving on and losing some of the flow you had going.

Will resume tonight with experience and technique that I didn't have when I started. Already liking what it's becoming.

1 Update Logs

Update #2 : by Cyprezz 07/31/2020 9:47:11 amJul 31st, 2020

Planned and started carving. See main description for full log with images.

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06/26/2022 3:23 pm
Level 25 : Expert Strawberry
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04/30/2022 1:04 pm
Level 22 : Expert Miner
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very cool!
02/22/2021 9:37 amhistory
Level 25 : Expert Procrastinator
NoodleRat avatar
It's a circuit cube! or, that's what I see so far.

btw, doesn't this mean they technically have your autograph inside it?
11/23/2020 6:38 pm
Level 23 : Expert Modder
FrostExternal avatar
that is really good even though it is not finished 👍
11/25/2020 7:12 am
Level 70 : Legendary Cyborg
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Thanks! I need to update progress pics
11/09/2020 6:15 pm
Level 36 : Artisan Warrior
BlockBlast85 avatar
Is it finished?
07/30/2020 9:09 am
Level 40 : Master Nerd
Ang333 avatar
Cyprezz wears sandals confirmed! I wonder what it is
10/30/2020 4:09 pm
Level 43 : Master Necromancer
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I think it's his head.
07/19/2020 9:18 am
Level 44 : Master Nerd
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I can't wait so see how it turns out...
07/18/2020 10:03 am
Level 1 : New Miner
Hexx24 avatar
Funny how the first picture with the trees looks kinda like minecraft
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