Puppet Theater

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Project by greg48 posted 10-05-2016 11:49 PM 806 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, I got a call from a local parochial school volunteer about building a puppet theater that she found on the WWW (she sent a pic and dimensions also). Wishing to know how much it might cost, I hard balled the negotiations and settled on a receipt of charitable donation from the school for tax purposes, call it a win-win-lose proposition.

Using the dimensions and pic, I SketchUp’d a design using some leftover 3/4”, 1/2”, 1/4”, and 1/8” plywood. Joinery was simply combinations of through and stopped dadoes with glue, screws, and finish brads keeping it together. I also plowed a couple of channels in the base compartment for some sliding doors to stow the puppets in. The 1/2” + plywood was edge banded to cover the pitiful ply voids in the top notch sheet goods from the large orange box store.

The entire theater was covered in premium light tannish interior house paint and trimmed with a rosy pink from (you guessed it) leftover projects. The project was a rush build so I didn’t take many pics, but then there is nothing very noteworthy of the design or construction that would warrant detailed pics. Not all projects require fancy joinery techniques or design elements, but all of them should serve a purpose; this one worked just fine.

Thanks for look’in in and keep the man glitter flying.


P.S. Just got back from 50th H.S. reunion. When did everyone (else) get so old??

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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#1 posted 10-05-2016 11:51 PM

Good stuff. Get em off the computers for a while

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#2 posted 10-06-2016 12:38 AM

Think of the bright side, at least you got rid of some scrap wood and used paint.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#3 posted 10-06-2016 12:51 AM


Great job and it looks awesome nice to see the art of puppeteering isn’t limited to the political stage..

Again great job like the sliding doors aspect as well

-- Thanks Ed “A bad day woodworking is better than a good day working. ~Author unknown” . Come check out my website for more about what I make and how at

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