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Very nice........I assume there are drawer slides that I just cant see.
:eek: Added a new picture to show the slides.

whats this for?
TOTs walk in front of an ordinary-looking wall with a creepy picture on it... while they look at the picture it falls away with a bang! and an actor behind it reaches through for them... then suddenly the picture is back just as fast.
 

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Really great! This is one of my projects for this year as well. Instead of a picture though I'm planning just a dark wall panel that drops.
I like the mechanism you used.
 

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Can you tell me more about your latch / trigger mechanism?
Also, is there a stop, or do the drawer sliders take the abuse?
 

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Can you tell me more about your latch / trigger mechanism?
Also, is there a stop, or do the drawer sliders take the abuse?
The latch is a simple gate latch mounted face-down. I filed its mouth a little so it would open more easily. The "trigger" is the actor standing behind it, although it could certainly be easily rigged for pneumatics.

The sliders definitely do not take the abuse of the drop. Not only would they fail quickly, but there would be no "Slam!" :)

I reinforced a strike area short of the sliders' throw. Here is a better shot of that:



I wonder how you could get something like that to reset on its own? Like with a motor or something?
I think a two-way pneumatic cylinder would work great.

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Thanks for the update. For me, one of the contributing factors in this scare is the "BANG" of the panel dropping. Your set up should achieve that nicely.
 

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Thank you for sharing!

I found this thread most helpful in my attempt to build my own drop panel for the first time! I love the way this is set up and it works quite nicely so far! Thank you for sharing this with everyone!
 

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Great job on that Push Eject, looks very sturdy.
If others are making one, sturdy is the key. our latch came loose after a couple of hours of abuse, so the actor had to hold it up the rest of the night. Have plenty of reinforcement under the bottom drop point, like Push Eject's, because this cops a pounding.
But definitely have one though, we used one last year and it scared nearly everyone :)

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I found some 24" heavy duty drawer sliders at my local Lowes that were perfect since my panel is 2'x2'. It's almost compleate! All I lack is installing the metal reinforcement plate along the bottom of the panel and the latch! Thank you again Push Eject for sharing your design with us! Hope mine holds up well!
 

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Nathan, the lower metal plate on the drop panel is not essential, but would give a louder bang, I presume.
would love to see pics :)
Also, I figure that adding the metal strip along the bottom will help balance it out where the latch will be on the right side. If I leave just the latch, the latch will be the first point of contact causing the panel to hit crooked (if that makes any sence).
 

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I have noticed problems people have had over the years with the latching mechanism failing or sticking. Has anyone ever made one that slid sideways? Seems that would take a lot of the stress off.
 
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