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Friday, January 14, 2011

Make a mystical fortune telling box

I'm getting off to a slow start this new year. The first weekend was a bust in the shop because it was so cold. I began this project the second weekend, but ran into problems that had to be worked out.

I spent a lot of time New Year's Eve weekend watching the Twilight Zone marathon on T.V. which gave me the idea to make a fortune-telling box. You remember: the episode where William Shatner and his new bride get caught up feeding pennies into a fortune telling machine in a diner. It's answers to questions were accurate enough in Shatner's mind to begin to run his life.

This started out at a simple idea: create a pressure plate and a couple rollers and cards would spit out. It turned out for more difficult. That's not to say that the concept of this box is complicated. I suspect there are many of you who can devise a much better system, but in the end it actually works.

I like projects like this because they remind me that woodworking is a never-ending learning process. Come up with an idea and figure out how to pull it off. Along the way you will encounter problems, but if you just think them through, you will find solutions.


9 comments:

  1. I like it, Steve. Now you just need to put a small motor that will push the cards out automatically. And then some flashing lights, and...and..
    Good video, dude!

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  2. Outstanding Steve!!! Persistence Prevails!!!

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  3. Nice!
    Truly insane.

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  4. Very nice. I'll have to try this myself. I have some old printers stuffed away that I might take apart, wondering what kind of mechanism they use to grab one sheet at a time.

    Cheers!

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  5. i love it! i have to make this soon.

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  6. Good video. I liked the idea. A good idea was to use these boxes to play games that use cards as a monopoly and so. It would be... original.

    Cheers mate.

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  7. I'm not sure if you even understand the PROFOUND AWESOMENESS OF THIS VIDEO. Not only is the box a great idea to make for your work office/cubicle, it's also a pretty awesome look into making a simple, but functional moving-parts project that can get people started on the road to making all sorts of cool little machines. Soon my MDF robot will terrorize this town. Thanks as always for the inspiration.

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  8. House,

    Loved the video, but especially the molding/hidden compartment. And the mantra... Come up with an idea and figure out how to pull it off. Along the way you will encounter problems, but if you just think them through, you will find solutions. I just might buy 1 of your tee shirts, wait, what?

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