Countdown to.... (the prototype)

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Blog entry by clieb91 posted 11-05-2009 03:20 AM 1322 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ok so this is a quick glance at how my (and sometimes my wife’s mind works)... We were looking at the clearance halloween merchandise and I bought a countdown timer to use next year.


When we got home we were talking about the timer and if there might be other uses for it. We are taking a vacation in the upcoming months and thought it would be cool if we could count down for it to help get our daughter excited. Decided to make a new timer using the halloween one. But kept talking about possibilty of changing it for different uses. So first I took it apart…


The decided to use some of the chalk board paint and scrap MDF I had around. It came out looking like this.



and now we can just program it to count down to the next big event.


We like the idea and I know I can make a new one to look even better. May be making a few in the future. Let me know any thoughts and if anyone happens to know where I could pick up more of the countdown timers cheaply..

Thanks All.

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#1 posted 11-05-2009 05:42 AM

Kool idea. Keep thinking outside the box.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#2 posted 11-05-2009 08:09 AM

one of a kind

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#3 posted 11-05-2009 11:52 AM

Great idea to keep the kids excited about upcoming events. I see you are already expanding on this idea. My suggestion would be to check importers of electronic products or maybe somebody like Radio Shack (do they still exist?). You really only need the electronics and screen. You could make your own stands.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 11-05-2009 03:41 PM

Thats a great idea. Nice modification.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#5 posted 11-05-2009 03:48 PM

Good job. I want one!


-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.

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