|Project by Brit||posted 05-16-2012 10:40 PM||5624 views||7 times favorited||36 comments|
Here’s another fun game I built for our Diamond Jubilee street party on the 4th June 2012.
My wife took one of my climbing ropes along to a local pipe fabrication company, laid it out in the shape she wanted them to make and then talked them into supplying, bending and welding around 45 feet of mild steel pipe at cost and delivering it free of charge. I then filed down the welds and cleaned it up.
The two ends of the pipe slide into holes bored into two 3”x3” posts and get secured by bolts that go straight through the posts and the pipe. The MDF boxes are built around a pine frame and the posts go down through the center and into a well in the base of the boxes. I also put a door in the box that houses the electrics. It runs off a 12v battery and can be turned on and off by a rocker switch mounted on top of the box.
The boxes and posts will be covered on the day and decorated with ribbons, balloons and flags. There will also be a poster on the front of each box saying:
The aim of the game is for the player to guide the ring along the pipe using only one hand without touching the pipe. If the ring does make contact with the pipe, the circuit completes and a buzzer sounds. Although the battery is only being used when the buzzer sounds, having the rocker switch allows you to return the ring to the other end of the pipe without the buzzer continuously sounding.
The rings (a big one for children and a smaller one for adults) were made by one of my neighbours. The player can start from either end and stand on whichever side of the game they prefer. Due to the length of the pipe and the fact that your arm starts to ache halfway through, I’m going to give them three lives. If the buzzer sounds for a fourth time, they’ll have to start again.
I know you guys won’t let me get away without posting a video of the game, so here it is. I’ll try my luck with the smaller of the two rings. Don’t forget I’ve got three lives.
Now you know why I didn’t become a surgeon. The sun was in my eyes though. :-)
Thanks for looking!
-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."