Thursday, May 7, 2009

Do-It-Yourself- Animation Desk

As I mentioned in the previous post you may purchase a standard wooden drafting table and cut a 16 1/2" hole in it to fit a standard animation disc.

This is probably the easiest "do-it-yourself" animation desk if you have the right tools to make a precision circular cut like that. (it's trickier than it might seem at first, so "measure twice, cut once" and be careful.)

(you can also purchase a wooden drafting table with the hole pre-cut from  Cartoon Colour Co.)

If you're skilled with woodworking you may also want to build your own portable animation table from these plans: 

Here is a link showing Sheridan College animation student Brock Gallagher making an animation desk very similar to the one shown in the plans above:

Building a Do-It-Yourself Animation Desk

Here is another do-it-yourself animation desk project with photos and detailed instructions:

How To Make An Animation Desk - Part 1 -4

The finished product from the project linked above:

(click on images to see them larger)

Here animation student Dan Caylor shows the portable desk that he refurbished and added a backlight unit to:

UPDATE: I'm happy to say I recently heard from animation student Marty Walker who built an Animation Desk using the Jim MacCaulay plans I posted above. Check out the results :

Marty was also good enough to list all the Materials and Tools needed for the project . See the link to his blog for the materials list.

By the way, for those of you who may not recognize the name of Jim MacCaulay he was a great teacher of animation at Sheridan College in the 1970's , 80's, and into the 90's. Jim is retired now, but he influenced many of us who attended Sheridan's Classical Animation Program during those days. Here's a photo of Jim with a student :

(teacher Jim MacCaulay with animation student 
Cathy Parkes at Sheridan College , about 1980.)

Jim also co-authored a book on storytelling in animation called "And Then What Happened?" with another Sheridan professor , Zack Schwartz.