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The "Veronica" Puppet Theater

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Project by Patrick Jaromin posted 05-16-2011 07:27 PM 1860 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Upon seeing the version I built for my kids this past Christmas, my brother-in-law suggested that his daughter, Veronica, might like one as well. I’d already fielded a few requests for these and figured I really needed to come up with a more practical design — something a bit more portable/shippable and lighter weight. The original was also a bit unstable on heavily padded carpet such as that in our basement. So the new design would need to feature longer feet on the side wings as well.

With all of this in mind, here’s the newest design, which I’ve dubbed the “Veronica” after my niece.

The frames are solid maple with 1/2” maple plywood panels. The top panel features a shop-cut birdseye maple veneer that I coaxed my Grizzly drum sander into thicknessing down to 3/64”. The intarsia is the same pattern used on the original, though this time I used bloodwood and mahogany, which I found significantly easier to shape than the original in purpleheart and walnut.

The whole piece breaks down into four components, the two “wings,” the lower front panel with stage, and the top proscenium arch with intarsia masks. Threaded inserts in the front panels accept six (3 per side) brass 1/4 – 20 bolts passed through the wings. The curtain (built by my wife’s best friend Lisa) attaches to the arch simply with a strip of velcro.

Veronica’s expression upon viewing the theater for the first time was priceless! Hopefully she’ll get many years enjoyment from her new theater.

Here’s the original puppet theater I built for my own kids:
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-- Patrick, Chicago, IL http://www.TenonAndSpline.com/blog





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christopheralan

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#1 posted 05-16-2011 07:29 PM

Well done! She will treasure that for years! Take a bow!

-- christopheralan http://www.projectwoodworks.com

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Diggerjacks

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#2 posted 05-16-2011 07:38 PM

Hello Patrick

A good idea and well done

Nicely work

The children will be happy and will play a lot of histories

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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CharlieM1958

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#3 posted 05-16-2011 07:40 PM

What a great project!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Jack_T

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#4 posted 05-16-2011 07:42 PM

That is wonderful. I missed the first one when it was first posted. Thanks for the link. Both theaters are beautiful.

-- Jack T, John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life."

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 05-16-2011 07:48 PM

Beautiful! Fantastic workmanship.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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shopmania

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#6 posted 05-16-2011 08:47 PM

Great idea, well executed! Good job!

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, DrTim@ONeillChiro.com- Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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mauibob

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#7 posted 05-16-2011 10:40 PM

Super cute! I’ll bet she will treasure this for a long time!

-- Bob, Potomac, MD

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RexMcKinnon

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#8 posted 05-17-2011 04:08 PM

Great idea. Nice to get the kids away from video games and TV sometimes.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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Patrick Jaromin

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#9 posted 05-17-2011 04:34 PM

Thanks, all! These are great fun and relatively easy to build…and the shows are a blast to watch!

-- Patrick, Chicago, IL http://www.TenonAndSpline.com/blog

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Grumpy

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#10 posted 05-18-2011 10:36 AM

Nice one Patrick

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

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