I alluded to this a few posts ago, but having the day off yesterday helped to kick-start the dream into reality. I’m building a small table based off the style of a dirt-slash-grass block from everyone’s favourite game, Minecraft.
In compliance with the Minecraft terms of service, let me just state for the record that this little project is wholeheartedly unaffiliated, unofficial, and in any way un-associated with the actual game or Mojang. I’m just a guy building a little hobby project and drawing some inspiration from the game artwork. There… now that that’s out of the way…
The gist of the plan goes something like this: I’ve referenced a bunch of very pixelated artwork from various sources and from that derived a very similar (though not quite identical) pattern for a dirt-slash-grass block.
For simplicity sake, I’m just going to call it “The Block” from now on. Looking closely, one would notice that The Block is composed of a grid of 16×16 squarish pixels. (Note, these pixels probably do not actually correspond to anything related to the actualr rendering of the graphics, but rather just the block-based artwork style used in the game.)
I’ve attached an image for reference.
My plan is to translate this 16×16 grid of coloured pixels into a 2-foot-cubed table. (Imperial measurements are due to the fact that this is how lumber is measured here in Canada.) In other words, every pixel will be converted into a a 1.5 inch (a squarish slice of a 2-by-2) painted block. The blocks will be painted one of nine colours. And the painted blocks will be interconnected into a pattern to form the shell of The Block, five sizes of a hollow cube.
Yesterday I bought the lumber, the (first batch of) paint and a few other supplies. Last night and today I started by cutting the first fifty or so blocks, priming, painting, and connecting them with some industrial strength wood glue that I’m hoping (fingers crossed) will be strong enough to tack it altogether and hold fast.
Work… will continue. But this is looking to be something of a multi-month project. I’ll post more updates as progress continues.