Puppet Theatre

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Project by measure2x posted 09-11-2011 08:27 PM 3600 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Project: Puppet Theatre

My daughter needed a puppet theatre for her SPCA Educational Camps. Basic requirements were: portable with quick set-up, will fit in her car, safe for kids (e.g., won’t tip, no sharp edges), not expensive, large enough for 2 hand puppeteers or marionettes).

Dimensions: Sides- 24” x 48”; side windows 9”x6”; lower front- 48” high x 42” wide; stage window- 30” wide x 18 tall; Removable top front 42” wide x 18” high
Wood: ¼” plywood screwed to 1” x 3” pine frames (jointed with Kreg pocket hole jig).
Finish: 2 coats Zinsser Bullet Amber Shellac

This portable puppet theatre is based on ideas from:
1. Rona
2.Guidecraft product
3. Fellow Lumberjock IMHO, BEST DESIGN, especially the plans for Intarsia comedy-tragedy masks, is by Lumberjock Patrick Jaromin. Unfortunately, I didn’t find Patrick’s design until after I started cutting wood…..

Additional Notes:
1. I initially had trouble figuring out how to keep the 2 sides and 2 front pieces together, given that kids would probably bump into it while inside and the floor/lawn might not be level. Eventually, as indicated in the side pic, I used 2 secure hook clips to loosely attach sides to front to hold it up while assembling, up to 3 top 1”x2” “beams to tightly hold 2 sides together and to provide cross pieces to hang, and 2 bungee cords to attached the front to sides. Additionally the 3” square moulding helps keep it aligned and the 18” long feet, secured with 2 dowels help prevent it from tipping over.
2. The top piece slips into 2 sleeves shaped from galvanized strapping.
3. Intarsia masks; Of course this gave me an excuse to buy a tool—scroll saw. Scrollgirl's tutorials were helpful, and Patrick’s Intarsia plans and instructions were essential
4. Curtains are in the works…...


-- Terry, Fredericton, NB Canada

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#1 posted 09-11-2011 10:21 PM

This is beautiful! My son would adore it! I’m sure the children will love it.

-- Alex ----- Bavaria in Germany

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