Zombie in a box

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Project by sval229 posted 10-06-2016 03:56 AM 1161 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We’re in the process of making a zombie in a box for Halloween. Don’t mind his appearance as he still needs to be finish dressed out. The coffin is made from 1 X 10 pine and the gears are 1/2” baltic birch ply. Thanks to Mathias and his Woodworking for engineers website and his gear template generator.

I used a salvaged motor, gear train, & axle from an old power wheels car. It has plenty of torque but rotates about 60 rpm. I geared it down with 2 sets of 7 & 28 tooth gears to get the speed down where the zombie didn’t bounce like a yo-yo. I’m still finessing the lifting cam for optimum height along with the actual hinged pivot board the figure rests on.

The styrofoam head was purchased and then modified with a knife, glue gun, and paint and I drilled out the eyes and added LED lights wired through the head and hooked up to a switch that turns the eyes on when he starts to rise and off when he’s back down. I bought the book “Electronics for Dummies” and figured out how to do it without burning out the lights.

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#1 posted 10-06-2016 09:47 AM

Wow! Very good idea. I bet there will be a lot scared faces.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 10-06-2016 01:57 PM

Might have to add something like this to my display next year! Nice!

-- Dennis, WV

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#3 posted 10-06-2016 11:50 PM

Great Halloween idea

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#4 posted 10-08-2016 05:56 AM

Will it be finished for Halloween?
Nice idea well thought out.
It is not one of your normal projects but variety is the spice of life!

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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