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Some random "small project" things I'm working on.

If you're doing an electrical-based lab, you need a Generator, no?

A cieling fan case, an empty cat sand bucket that happens to be precisely the right size, and a 75 gallon wine barrel I found on the side of the road.



We'll actually lay this down, build a stand to hold it, and get the other half of the case, and a cat sand bucket on the other side. I'm also thinking 'gloss black' isn't quite right. Maybe one of those hammered finishes.



2 flicker circuits provide the effect of the thing 'on'. Need to gloss the inside of the buckets, and center the lights, just showing the idea.
Could use a sound effect too...

YouTube - VID00177

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A Lab NEEEEEEEEDS one of these!




Currently configured for a science project for Kyle, we'll be turning it into a prop shortly, with an enclosure, and making it taller. :D (I thought) I HAD a video, but we kinda sorta accidentally discovered this thing likes to erase SD cards if they get too close while taking videos....:eek:



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Jar needing a head.



I also have jars for a hand and a brain.



More to follow.
 

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For interesting looking electronics, it doesn't hurt to check any OLD TV repair shops. I stopped in to one that had been around for decades, told the owner I was doing a mad scientist lab for Haloween and asked if he had anything he didn't need that I might use. I walked away with three boxes of dials, tubes, circuit boards and various pieces that I incorporated into my haunt. The rest went into the electronics recycling box at the dump!
 

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For interesting looking electronics, it doesn't hurt to check any OLD TV repair shops. I stopped in to one that had been around for decades, told the owner I was doing a mad scientist lab for Haloween and asked if he had anything he didn't need that I might use. I walked away with three boxes of dials, tubes, circuit boards and various pieces that I incorporated into my haunt. The rest went into the electronics recycling box at the dump!
Ok. First, great tip.

Second....I get this THING from the TV repair shop. It's got radiation warning labels ALL over it, and I'm dismantling it to see what kinds of things I can salvage, and this liquid just start POURING out! :eek:

I'm waiting for the third arm to grow in, because I could use the extra hand. ;)


Pirate fans may wish to avert their eyes as I mutilate this treasure chest...

Control panel coming along:



The knife switches are now wired in, but need some nice handles to complete the look. The CRT there, only the tube will show, and everything is going to light up once it's done.

There's something thrilling about completing a jacob's ladder as well. :D

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This is the piece I was trying to salvage from the aforementioned radiation warning liquid filled doodad.

Green lens thingy, placed a tissue behind it, painted blue (because I'm out of green atm), and a string of christmas lights behind that. (the 300 string is overkill, but I got a 60 led string somewhere, just gotta dig through THAT stuff)

YouTube - Control Panel example
 

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Have you checked out smith & edwards yet...they probably have a lot stuff that would go with your lab, although it's hit and miss on the pricing.
 

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I've never walked the yard outside....where do you get in at? Are the prices marked on things out there? I could use a 55 gallon drum or two for some props.
Right next to the tank. Typically, prices are not marked, and you have to check with the yard boss (it's been a few years, so that may have changed).

And, the (Sunday morning) Swap Meet at the Riverdale drive in has had 55 gallon drums on sale for $10 the last 2 weeks...:D If you're averse to heading out on Sunday, I'm heading over this week, and would happily pick one up for you, if the guy's there again. I even work out in Layton so could drop it off.
 

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Right next to the tank. Typically, prices are not marked, and you have to check with the yard boss (it's been a few years, so that may have changed).

And, the (Sunday morning) Swap Meet at the Riverdale drive in has had 55 gallon drums on sale for $10 the last 2 weeks...:D If you're averse to heading out on Sunday, I'm heading over this week, and would happily pick one up for you, if the guy's there again. I even work out in Layton so could drop it off.
nope...not adverse to Sunday fun...

did the drums have lids?
 

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Hey, one has to ask out in these parts. ;)

They were the plastic, blue barrels.

The metal ones were more expensive, I think $25, and yes, they all looked brand new.
Made it to the swap meet this morning..got the blue plastic waterbarrel for $15 and the red metal one with lid for $10
 

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*bump*

Well, some may remember that I had much trouble with the lab last year.

I was especially disappointed to lose the jacob's ladder. And, while it dried out and worked fine, I also came into possession of three more Neon Sign Transformers.

So, we started a new and improved jacob's ladder.

An ugly phone stand I found discarded by the neighbor serves as the base, the new one reaches 8 ft. Copper pipe to better draw attention. The entire thing can be collapsed for transport to prevent the issues of last year.



Needs a lot of finishing touches still. Hope to be dragging out the rest of the equipment from storage for overhauls this weekend as well.
 

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Pirate fans may wish to avert their eyes as I mutilate this treasure chest...
Okay, I do pirating the rest of the year between working on props, and yet I can't complain about your use of that chest.
Also, I do steampunk on the side and the generator and chest are fantastic. Thanks so much for posting!
 
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