Tuesday, September 26, 2006
I just couldn't resist building another cage this year. I had almost enough to make this. I made a couple of changes to the design this time. I used self-taping screws and predrilled holes. I screwed the bottom bars together to seal the bottom which I hadn't done before. I also used a slightly smaller loop at the top. Only because the piece I had left just wasn't long enough for the size we normally build them at. I also was one 6 foot piece short so I had to run out and get one to finish. I used drywall texture (orange peel) to texture the metal and then I spray painted it flat black as usual. Turned out pretty good.
Monday, September 25, 2006
We will be setting up our older mausoleum, tombstones, and mud men at the Macy and Preston Bishop's home next weekend. We spent this weekend cleaning up the props and getting them ready for display in their yard. We made a sign for their yard and a little credit for us too. Jen did all the carving and Chris painted them.
Friday, September 22, 2006
I haven't posted any pictures of the finished spider. I made a new frame for the motor and strung him up with the fishing line. I am waiting for a new motor to arrive so it has a smooth quite one.
I HAVE A HUGE SPIDER HANGING IN MY SHOP! Where is the Raid!
Monday, September 18, 2006
We got the body, head, and hands for the grave digger last week. I thought I would put on the clothes I got at goodwill and see how he looks. Not bad. We purchased him from www.ghostride.com. He will be holding an lantern in one hand and a shovel in the other.
Sunday, September 17, 2006
I got the latex head and body form for our Grave Digger this week, and spent some time working on the animatronics for the head.
I used a couple of servos, some PVC pipe and a few springs.
I'm not really happy with the way it turned out. In theory it should have worked fine and without the head the movement was pretty good. But with the head on the servos struggled with the torque of the head. I'm either going to buy high-torque servos and some brackets to epoxy them into place or I am going to scrap the whole thing and go for a pre-made pan & tilt unit.
Sunday, September 10, 2006
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
Chris Reid carved a really neat skull that we are going to use for the peak of the Cathedral. I traced a skull image onto some 2" pink foam. The image is the same we are using on the stained glass circle windows.
Chris worked on carving the skull out and also made the jaw be separte. It came out wonderful!
So much for labor day weekend being a relaxing one! We all worked our butts off. The main goal was to completly setup the cathedral and take some pictures so we had some idea of what it was going to look like and how to set it up mid October.
The lumber for the scaffolding arrived Thursday. I built the uprights on Friday. Called Dad and asked him to come help me set them up on Saturday. He stuck around to install some of the panels. Jason stopped by and gave a hand for a while too. Dad eneded up staying until 6pm and then we called it a day.
Chris Reid gave a hand on Sunday and we were able to get the rest of the cathedral up except for the far left panel. Chris had to go to a picnic and we didn't have the time to figure out how to install it. We will just leave it for October.