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Project by Dave Rutan posted 08-27-2015 08:57 PM 646 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of the teachers at our church’s preschool asked if I could do something with a small puppet theater which was barely on this side of being an LBP (see bottom). I accepted the challenge.

[Below] The first issue was the rod for the curtain. It simply rested on two dowels and was easily knocked off by children at play. The curtain rod also holds the side wings in the open position, so when the rod comes off, the theater usually fells over.

[Below] The best reliable way I came up with for this was a mechanical fastener. I drilled pilot holes and added a screw eye and fender washer. The rod can still be fairly easily removed, but it won’t be accidentally knocked off.

[Below] The other issue was that she wanted about 1 foot of height added to the theater. Seeing how it was constructed I just built three panels similar to the original piece and attached them to the theater. I was able to use scraps (left over from that chair project). I just had to face glue the pieces and pare them down with the tablesaw. I put a dado in each piece, the rails were dadoed with the TS and the stiles with the router table.

[Below] However, I wanted this to be as reversible as possible, so I attached the top rail to to the bottom of each panel with two screws.

[Below] Then I glued the rest of my panels to that top rail. Not trusting glue exclusively, I used pocket holes to add strength to the glue joint. [Read how I did that here]

[Below] Then I masked off the original section and added a few coats of spray lacquer. The result is quite nice. I like my rails and styles being just a little bit beefier than the original, being as they’re on the bottom. The blue could be darker, but it’s all that the store had.

LBP stands for ‘Looks Better on Paper’ It refers to any object that doesn’t come out quite as well as the thought behind it when originally conceived, usually through lack of consideration of how it will be used or by who. It’s just a ‘Davism’

Davism a term that Dave uses which usually requires an explanation.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!





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greg48

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#1 posted 08-27-2015 10:53 PM

Wow, I wasn’t even close. Stage set design/construction wasn’t even on the radar screen. Good job though Dave, the colors are quite …vivid.

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

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#2 posted 08-27-2015 11:42 PM



Wow, I wasn t even close. Stage set design/construction wasn t even on the radar screen. Good job though Dave, the colors are quite …vivid.

- greg48

Thanks! I’m only responsible for the blue. Children need exposure to bright primary colors and blue was the only one missing. I figured my red wouldn’t match the existing one. ;-) One never knows what a handy-dude will be asked to fix.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#3 posted 08-28-2015 03:12 AM

Very nice upgrade, Dave! Totally understand LBP. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#4 posted 08-28-2015 03:21 AM

Not very often that we see such project here. Quite uniqe. Excellent combination of wood, colours and fabric.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 09-09-2015 09:19 PM

So where is the puppet?
and what all that grafitti on your bench top all about

All very clever work I am impressed!!

BTW if you use Titebond II or III its P&KP glue

-- Regards Robert

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Dave Rutan

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#6 posted 09-09-2015 09:59 PM



So where is the puppet?
and what all that grafitti on your bench top all about

All very clever work I am impressed!!

BTW if you use Titebond II or III its P&KP glue

- robscastle

I enhance the theater, they supply the puppets!

The graffiti is the announcement for our recent yard sale. I needed a big sign, so my ‘extended tabletop’ filled in. It’s actually an old hollow core door that I pinched from the trash and cut it off at 4 feet. I use it when I need a flat space larger than my table saw. Originally I grabbed it to use for making a few faux stain glass windows.

Not sure what ‘P&KP’ means, but I’m thinking you’re saying it comes apart with water.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#7 posted 09-10-2015 12:43 AM

We happened to be over there tonight, so grabbed this pic.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#8 posted 09-10-2015 07:38 AM

Dave

I hope the garage sale went well

I bet the audience numbers have has increased!

P&KP Puppet and Kid proof !

-- Regards Robert

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#9 posted 09-10-2015 01:10 PM


Dave

I hope the garage sale went well

I bet the audience numbers have has increased!

P&KP Puppet and Kid proof !

- robscastle

The sale went OK. It’s part of an effort to allow my daughter to go to Europe next summer for a tour with the local youth orchestra here. (Youth orchestra here is going on a tour of Europe to play in several venues. It’s pretty much a once in a lifetime chance.)

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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