Every year at BoardMeeting we have a snowball launching contest. This year I built a catapult.
I put together an intial mockup of the catapult in about half an hour. I never actually got round to producing the actual catapult, so the prototype was pressed into service on the trip.
A couple of test fires got decent results, but the third test fire was catastrophic. the arm split lengthwise and required some significant repairs with a bag full of zip ties. This worked well enough to get 2 or 3 actual shots off. Unfortunately more structural failure was imminent as the screws holding the frame together proved to be too weak for the impacts. They sheared and let down the whole team.
The Catapult may work if re-engineered, but I haven’t yet decided if I’m going to bring this design back for 2013.
Christina sometimes traces inspiration artwork for her paintings. I decided to build a light box for her.
I used a spare 10″ round fluorescent ceiling fixture and a translucent box top I had salvaged.
I built the box from 1×6 board scrap. the box works reasonably well, but I think a 2×2 fluorescent ceiling fixture would give better illumination throughout.
I needed a workbench that was mobile so I could move around the building and still have all my tools and a worksurface handy. This bench was built from a sheet of 1/2 ply (plus an offcut) some 2×2 and some 2×3. I used castors that were big enough not to stick on elevator entries.
I was tasked with building a giant switch for the Cruzio fiber night ceremony
I decided I needed a new piece of furniture to hold the various AV pieces in our entertainment setup. all of the available units were expensive and set in the wrong dimension for a wall mounted TV. The only solution was to build my own.
I built the unit from 3/4 MDF with no frame. The MDF is edge routed and fitted with T-Molding for finish.
For My Friends’ wedding My Wife and I made some carnival games;
Fauxto Wall: Plywood on 2×3 frame. We built a wall and used 3 frames around holes cut through the plywood for posing. The piece de résistance was the addition of family photographs from the bride and groom.
Hat Toss: Plywood on 2×3 frame. A deer, a Jackalope and a hat stand made for a fun hat toss game.
Ring Toss: MDF, coca cola bottles. Beautiful painting made this piece really pop.
Bean Bag Toss: We had the Bride and Groom visit the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and have some caricatures drawn. My wife copied the caricatures onto a white painted backdrop and finished the piece with some excellent framing scrollwork.