The collar is a hexagon of plywood with a
round hole cut in it with a jigsaw. I cut six small sections for the
angled collar and adjusted the angles on the table saw until I got a good
fit. The collar is held together with wood glue Ė I couldnít see any
way to secure it with screws or nails. Fortunately itís not load
The time rotor cover was a puzzle for a long
time. I thought about getting some acrylic sheet and bending it into a tube,
then somehow attaching an acrylic disk to the top. I couldnít find any
suitable material, though and had little faith that Iíd get a good result, so
I had the cover custom cast by a plastics company at considerable expense. It
was worth it. It cost as much as the computer inside the console, but looks
great Ė itís such a focus of attention for the console that I think its
worth putting resources into that part.
The three time elements (actually four Ė
thereís one down the middle too) inside the timerotor are an acrylic mailing
tube cut to size, and lined with tinted plastic separators from 3-ring binders.
I bought those in an office supply shop. There are three 18-inch x 1-inch
fluorescent tubes mounted in the mailing tubes, with the mountings removed from
The black base for the time elements is a
plywood disk, covered with a bathroom board disk with wood separators, another
plywood disk, a bathroom board ring to fit around the outside and aluminium
flashing for roof construction cut in a strip around the edge. The flashing was
spray-painted matt black before being attached. It was cut with tin snips while
wearing strong working gloves so I didnít cut myself on the edges.
The starters for the fluorescent lights are hidden
in the black base. The top for the time elements is a sheet of acrylic cut to a
triangle with rounded corners. The diffractors between the columns which hide the
core are lighting diffuser plastic for overhead suspended ceiling lighting
enclosures. I cut these into strips on a table saw. The diffractors are held in
place with reinforced tape. Power for tops of the fluorescent tubes comes
up pairs of thin steel rods (thick steel wire) through small holes in the base.
These are not insulated, but are well separated. They are held in place by small
notches in the top of the mailing tubes, which they sit in after a 90 degree