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Project by Brit posted 786 days ago 3200 views 7 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.





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ShaneA

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#1 posted 786 days ago

Looks entertaining, what will become of it after the party?

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Brit

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#2 posted 786 days ago

Thanks Shane. It will probably end up on ebay after the event. Good for corporate events, anyone with a games room, youth clubs, etc. Buyer collects. LOL.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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Philip

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#3 posted 786 days ago

That looks like a boat load of fun. Thanks for sharing!

-- If you can dream it, I can do it!

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Dave

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#4 posted 786 days ago

Man I love fair games. Nice build, I love it!

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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Don W

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#5 posted 786 days ago

I’m thinking you have a career as a game builder if you ever need it.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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jjw5858

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#6 posted 786 days ago

Great stuff Andy…wow….you really have done some great work. Thanks for the vid as well.

-- "Make something you love tomorrow...and do it slowly" JLB

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Woodfix

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#7 posted 786 days ago

Great stuff, but I cannot help thinking that an electric shock for each contact would be a better motivator and heaps more fun for the on lookers. Just joking.
Keep up the good work.
Doug

-- Living is a constant gamble, life is about working the odds in your favour

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JJohnston

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#8 posted 786 days ago

I was thinking the same thing about the electric shock. If you don’t want to go ahead with that, though, you can still have a little fun with the first sucker….I mean volunteer. Make sure you’re the first to use it in front of the crowd (little demo so everybody knows what to do). The first time you make contact, tense up, quiver, foam at the mouth, and say, “T-t-t-t-t-turn it offffff!!!”

-- "Sorry I'm late. Somebody tampered with my brakes." "You should have been early, then."

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Brit

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#9 posted 786 days ago

Thanks guys. It is quite difficult, especially above chest height. It is also tricky to move your feet along. That’s probably why it looks like I’m doing Tai Chi. I might have done it if I hadn’t pretended to wipe my brow. That’ll teach me. Still if I had done it without the buzzer sounding, you lot would have just said that I hadn’t turned it on. :-)

JJohnston – I like that suggestion, I’ll do that.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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AnthonyReed

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#10 posted 786 days ago

You are really going all out Andy. Nicely done.

-- ~Tony

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Brit

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#11 posted 785 days ago

Tony – I did take on quite a lot my friend, but I had enough time to do it all. The trouble is I have to work outside and we’ve had such crap weather here for the last 6 weeks that I’m now having to shift gears and crank everything out in record time.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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racerglen

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#12 posted 785 days ago

Great work Andy, just keep that sign in mind..”keep calm…”

;-)

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

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Brit

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#13 posted 785 days ago

Thanks Glen, I’m not panicking yet. I’m getting one of those posters after the event to hang in my workshop.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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need2boat

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#14 posted 785 days ago

Andy I think you missed your calling as a party planer.

Joe

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Mauricio

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#15 posted 785 days ago

Brit your not “hard’ enough for that game! lol. And you beat me to it, I was going to say it looks like your doing tai chi.

Pretty cool build, I see you at least made the handles out of wood to be able to post it here on LJ.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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