High voltage Jacob's Ladder

  • Advertise with us
Project by MalcolmLaurel posted 01-20-2018 03:49 AM 1570 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this for my daughter, who’s an 8th grade science teacher.

Not high grade cabinetry, not even close, but the box is made of wood… basic pine boards, stained with Minwax Polyshades combo stain/varnish (I hate that stuff, dunno why I keep using it, except that it’s quick). It doesn’t show well in the picture, but the box corners were done with double rabbetted joints cut on my radial arm saw, the first time I’ve tried that… I think it came out pretty good. Of course the first attempt with warped boards went into the firestarter box! Then Titebond II and 18ga wire brads to hold it all together, final assembly with brass screws.

The classic mad scientist prop, she should have fun running it on the first day of school with a new crop of students, or on parent-teacher conference days…

-- Malcolm Laurel -

6 comments so far

View htl's profile


5263 posts in 2043 days

#1 posted 01-20-2018 05:36 AM

Nice job and way COOL!!!

-- An Index Of My Model making Blogs

View helluvawreck's profile


32122 posts in 3750 days

#2 posted 01-20-2018 02:42 PM

This is a very creative piece and you have done a wonderful job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

View splintergroup's profile


4053 posts in 2106 days

#3 posted 01-20-2018 03:54 PM

As a kid, anything like that would fascinate me for hours!


View Richard's profile


11310 posts in 3916 days

#4 posted 01-20-2018 03:56 PM

Very Nice Indeed! Well Done!


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

View oldnovice's profile


7667 posts in 4251 days

#5 posted 01-20-2018 06:03 PM

Love the hum, snap, and pop!
I think you have a winner project.

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

View lew's profile


13197 posts in 4639 days

#6 posted 01-21-2018 05:44 PM

Nicely done!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics