Posted byJohn Edgar Park
Posted onMarch 18, 2015
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I have a bad habit of building prototypes right in front of the keyboard I need to access for coding said prototypes.
The elementary school variety show producer (yes, producer — we take this seriously!) asked if I could build some lighted magic wand props for one of the acts. “Heck yes!,” I said. I love building props.
Here’s how I built them:
Here’s a visual guide to my method. UPDATE: The wands survived dress rehearsal and three performances! See bottom of this post for a photo of the young wizards in action.
A friend was moving and thought I may have a use for this broken TV set. Here’s how I turned it into a book shelf.
I pulled off the back, removed the amplifier and CRT.
After removing the “gold tone” trim, these retention clips needed to be pulled to free the glass. The bezel is such a gorgeous brown, cream, and patina green. Here Beatrix and I appear on TV.
I framed it with some 1″ square strips of white oak I had left over from a catapult project, and used some hardware to mount a panel of wood. I pulled that panel from the dumpster at Walt Disney Animation Studios when they were remodeling one of the production pods a few years ago.
Here’s the finished piece. I left the tuning mechanism in place so you can twist the giant knob on the right and change the number front and center.
I tested out stripping the paint and love the way it looks, so I plan to strip it down to brushed metal and then maybe protect it with clear coat or oil.
My daughter Beatrix and I decided to make a gourd shaker today. The seriously autumnal decorative gourd had dried out on its own between Halloween and today, so all we had to do was drill a hole, pull out the dried guts and seeds using a hook fashioned from a piece of spring steel, fill with rice and dried corn, shave a cork down to size, and hot glue it in place. A really fun project for us both.
And now, Bea’s first solo gourd shaker performance. The flair move at the end!