In the past few weeks my mother and I have been putting an 2D animation table together and we think it came out great!
I wanted a small and portable table and based on references and pictures that I found on animation websites, I created my own design.
Firstly before jumping on the project I modeled it in Maya, so I could get all measurements/sizes for cutting the pieces and getting the main structure done.
In Maya I tested/animated the table angles so I could be sure if all parts would work together (frame 01 to 05).
I spent less than AU$ 100,00 with all materials and some extra money with the tools also, but the entire project didn't cost AU$ 250,00!
The most expensive items I bought was the acrylic top and the lights.
We took pretty much 2-3 days making the base and 2-3 weeks designing and making the external pieces and bits.
Most of the material I found it somewhere, and adapted to the table. The main wood frame I found it in my office, it was a piece of wood they used to use to block one of the windows, the animation peg bar I used a ruler and added three small wood pieces that I cut from painting brushes.
The Maya file -maya 2012- and all references are available for download/research and I hope that helps other animators to build their own tables!
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