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Guardian of My Barn

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 07-02-2017 02:22 AM 1077 views 1 time favorited 44 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my resident Alien that will be guarding my barn. When the Alien is lit up, you don’t want to enter the barn. He is the signal that the alarm is armed. It blares out of a speaker in the barn and one just under the Alien on the outside. I built the alarm a long time ago when someone gave me the schematic for the Motorola siren used in police cars. It has 5 different sounds on the circuit.

The board is cedar that I got from LJ Doug Scott…Thanks, Doug!! The Alien is translucent blue corian and black opaque corian for the eyes and is epoxied in. The “Out of this world” part was cut on my duplicator. I first cut it into a piece of scrap on a curve and then I used that for my template for the real thing. I had to put it on a separate piece of cedar because the board was too tall to fit into my duplicator.That wording was an after thought I dreamed of one night!! I still have to turn a flying saucer and cut it in half and mount one half on each side. It is finished with Teak oil.

The light box behind the Alien is made of a string of 12V DC LED’s on a string. I stapled a few feet of it onto the back board and it s powered by the transformer for the siren circuit. I have yet to make the outdoor switch box.
The third shot shows what he looks like at night when he is on duty!!

This used to be my basketball hoop mount that I converted into a roof over the doorway and I needed something to finish off the front.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!





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Woodwrecker

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#1 posted 07-02-2017 03:45 AM

Boy O Boy, that is one heck of an alarm system!
No criminal is crazy enough to take on that alien!
Nice work Jim !

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#2 posted 07-02-2017 03:55 AM

that is a fantastic setup. neighbors must have taken notice of it and commented on it thanks for posting

-- wiser1934, new york

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#3 posted 07-02-2017 05:01 AM

Jim, have you been to area 51 lately????? or was it 59

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#4 posted 07-02-2017 05:05 AM

WOW!

Do you have a motion sensor? If so, that would make it Thought FREE…
... and SCARE BEEGEES out of anyone getting close to your building!

Awesome!

Love you use of LED strip lights…

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#5 posted 07-02-2017 07:49 AM

That guardian is beautiful! :)

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#6 posted 07-02-2017 10:44 AM

Now that is just out of this world Jim. :)

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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#7 posted 07-02-2017 10:56 AM

This is very clever thinking and I would say you covered it pretty well Jim.

Joe mentioned a motion sensor but I think that would just set off the alarm by anything moving around out side including the wind blowing through the trees. At least that’s what my MS do. But a good though nevertheless Joe!

I have a motion sensor in my garage and it beeps in there and in the house if anyone enters. I turn it on if I come in for lunch or leave the shop for any reason.
Nice work on this project! Love it!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#8 posted 07-02-2017 12:22 PM

Very suitable sign – indeed your work is out of this world.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 07-02-2017 01:03 PM

Jim, that is absolutely the coolest sign to protect your shop. Lights and sirens with additional flying saucers coming. I would love to have that on my garage. Remind me if I ever come visit you there to bring my Ray gun.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#10 posted 07-02-2017 01:06 PM

Jim that is way too cool . Well done and a lot of fun

-- Ron Campbell https://www.facebook.com/ronald.g.campbell

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#11 posted 07-02-2017 01:08 PM

WOW, Great job mate,
I love him. Should scare the daylights out of any intruder.

Bob.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#12 posted 07-02-2017 02:55 PM

Mulder, Scully and I Love it!!

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

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#13 posted 07-02-2017 03:24 PM

Thanks for all the great comments!

Hi Tony, I have never been to area 51 but I have been to Roswell a few times!

Hi Joe, I have a wide view motion detector INSIDE the barn so nothing happens unless you enter the barn while the Alien is lit up!! I had plans for a laser beam projected all around the inside, but with all the stuff I bring in and out of there, I’d probably break the beam every day!!

Hi Dave, bring the ray gun for sure!!!!!! I’ll add a photo of you outside the barn to this post!!

Hi Lew. I remember Mulder and Scully! One of my favorite shows!!

I keep telling my wife that someday “they” will be coming for me so don’t hold supper!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#14 posted 07-02-2017 05:45 PM



This is very clever thinking and I would say you covered it pretty well Jim.

Joe mentioned a motion sensor but I think that would just set off the alarm by anything moving around out side including the wind blowing through the trees. At least that s what my MS do. But a good though nevertheless Joe!

I have a motion sensor in my garage and it beeps in there and in the house if anyone enters. I turn it on if I come in for lunch or leave the shop for any reason.
Nice work on this project! Love it!

- woodshaver Tony C

I have LED lights that turn on at night… low level all the time… Motion Sensor switches to higher level of light… apparently, it is set OK… There has to be substantial MOTION / Movement for it to switch to High Light level… Waits about 10 secs. & reverts to low level… I think I have seen it flash brighter from a cat running by… It’s range is about 10-12’... Adjustment is the key to the way they work…

I have seen some that trip all the time, especially if they have a wide/long distance sensing… which is a real pain… If there is no way to adjust sensitivity & distance, they are NO GOOD.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#15 posted 07-02-2017 05:55 PM

Really nice Jim, keep thinking outside the box!

-- Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity!

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