The Wizard of Oz

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Project by Lockwatcher posted 09-04-2011 10:11 PM 1858 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another strange one…

I work with a our local Children’s Hospital on a fundraising play. This particular show was The Wizard of Oz. In one scene, the wicked witch watches as here sisters’ legs (under the house) disappear – and the ruby slippers are now on Dorothy’s feet The set was rented that year, and we found out that the “melting legs device” was not included with the set. This was about two days before the first performance. I built this funny little “flower box” that was added to the front of the set.

This was built with scrap cedar (fence picketts), some OSB scrap, and even some MDF. The device was activated by pulling on a string from backstage. This would spin the pulley rolling up the fake witch feet onto the spindles (and the legs would disappear).

The pulley was made in two parts with MDF cut as circles on the bandsaw – then attached to drinking cups as spindles. The pulley shaft is a piece of PVC pipe. A gap was left at the bottom to allow the legs to slide inside.

I had about four hours from planning to construction & finishing. After the box was added to the set, plastic flowers were added to the top to make it look like a planter…

The last picture shows the box attached to the set during a rehersal (sans flowers).

Another strange project!

Ken C / Lockwatcher

-- Lockwatcher, Ohio,

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#1 posted 09-04-2011 10:35 PM

Awesome concept and quick turnaround

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#2 posted 09-04-2011 11:02 PM

You definately know your stuff with that sort of turn around time. Nice job.

-- Turning good wood into even better wood jewelry.

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#3 posted 09-10-2011 02:59 PM

That’s just cool!

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

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