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04-10-2010, 12:11 PM
This is my entry for the 201o $20 prop challenge. I call it "Restless"




My cost to build:
1.74 6 square feet scrap foamboard at .29 per square foot
0.16 2 feet 2x4 at .08 per foot
1.20 6 square feet scrap plywood at .20 per square foot
2.99 motor from surplus center
1.99 walwart from ebay ( I got 5 of these, great price)
2.99 per pair skeletons hands ebay
0.50 shirt from Goodwill (for sleeves)
0.64 1 pint "as is" paint from Lowes at 4.99 per gallon
free mulch
1.34 18 inches scrap aluminum bar at .25 per inch x .30
0.89 12 inches 1/4 inch all thread
0.09 1 foot scrap 1/2 inch electric conduit at .85 per 10 foot
0.45 1/2 foot wooden dowel at .98 per foot
0.08 glue stick
1.49 1/2 tube styrofoam glue at 2.98 per tube
1.00 wall board spackle
2.00 assorted nuts, bolts, washers, lock nuts, screws form junk drawer

Total cost 19.55

YouTube- Restless

Hopefully the pictures and the video got posted

04-10-2010, 10:05 PM
Really nice job Jaege! I am going to make some tombstones and the hands would make a really nice addition. Looks really good and the tombstone is cool with the hole on the bottom with the hands coming out. Sweet!

Sickie Ickie
04-10-2010, 10:09 PM
I wondered when I would see this. Excellent.

04-10-2010, 11:10 PM
very cool, love the movement!! great job!

04-10-2010, 11:59 PM
Very nice! I think you got the speed just right.

04-11-2010, 07:50 AM
That looks awesome. I'm going to have make one of these.

04-11-2010, 12:03 PM
Well, now I know what that other deer motor's gonna make. Great job.

04-11-2010, 12:31 PM
PS - Anyway we could get closeup shots on your mechanism in the back. It's about the size of a postage stamp right now in the pictures above.

Scratch that - I looked in your photo album!

04-11-2010, 01:15 PM
Thanks. Yeah I will get you a close up. Its a pretty simple mechanism. I used one of those inexpensive surplus center motors. I swear by those things. I like tombstones too, and plan on making some more with movement to add to my ever growing graveyard.

04-11-2010, 01:18 PM
Lets see if this gets a better look




If this isn't better, than go to my pictures and albums section. The pics are pretty big there. If you need some "how to" info let me know, but like I said it is a pretty simple mechanism compared to what some of you ghouls turn out.

04-11-2010, 01:27 PM
A bit of advice to those who want to make this. When you attach the hands use locking type nuts so they hang loosely, connect them to a short piece of pvc and attach a piece of wooden dowel into the tombstone base and run that up into the pvc. This forces the pvc (and the hands) to move straight up and down rather than side to side or some other wacky way.

04-11-2010, 01:29 PM
I am definently digging it. I have been wanting to add more motion to my graveyard. Hope you dont mind me using it.

Bone Dancer
04-11-2010, 01:40 PM
Simple, yes. But very effective. Very nice job. I can see a number of uses for this.

04-11-2010, 02:11 PM
Very cool tombstone and the movement is great.

04-11-2010, 03:32 PM
Use my idea as you like. Modify it, improve it, just let me see what you do so I can then use your ideas.

As to movement in the graveyard, next I am doing a rocking gravestone. You might want to try that too. And someone suggested that I try a trowel in a skeletal hand like at Disney, which I am still trying to figure out

Haunted Bayou
04-11-2010, 04:19 PM
Very nice animation for cheap.

I like how you did the movement. In the video, the right hand looks like it is tracing on of the esses in "less".

04-11-2010, 04:47 PM
Very nice ... love the movement.

04-11-2010, 05:47 PM
Wow! Great tombstone! I love how the hands seem to be making the scratches. Great job!

04-11-2010, 06:16 PM
Very Good!

Dark Angel 27
04-11-2010, 09:00 PM
i love it! nice movement!

04-12-2010, 12:12 AM
Oooooh, very nice!! Filing this one away in my wish-list...

Front Yard Fright
04-12-2010, 01:24 AM
That turned out fantastic!
Wonderful job!

04-12-2010, 02:47 AM

Bronx Banshee
04-12-2010, 07:30 AM
Great job!

04-12-2010, 07:44 AM
well done

04-12-2010, 09:21 AM
Again, thanks for all the positive feedback. Honestly, I just plagiarizd from the brillaint and nefarious mechanical minds here at Haunt Forum.

04-12-2010, 09:21 AM
Nice job Jaege, an excellent looking prop!

04-12-2010, 01:31 PM
Very nice!

04-12-2010, 05:25 PM
Thanks for the larger pics.... Definitely helped to see it up close. I too will have to add this to the graveyard.... HMMM I may even have a twist on it that I won't yet share LOL.

04-12-2010, 05:34 PM
That's a really great and different take on a grave grabber - well done!

The Watcher
04-12-2010, 07:20 PM
Great Job, very good way to add more movement to the graveyard.

04-13-2010, 12:50 PM
Love it! The Scratches in the stone are the perfect touch!

howlin mad jack
04-13-2010, 01:12 PM
Great job Jaege!! The movement of the arms is awesome and I love the way you made it look like their scratching the tombstone!! Awesome job!!

04-13-2010, 02:08 PM
Love it.I need more motors!!!
How to please.

Devils Chariot
04-13-2010, 04:32 PM
Very cool idea and a nice execution. This is going to a graveyard must have!

04-13-2010, 07:35 PM
great job great mechanic's look's cool

04-13-2010, 08:34 PM
oooooooooo i like this --- must steal this one ,, i mean use this one:D

04-13-2010, 09:50 PM
Steal away partner

04-13-2010, 10:56 PM
Very Nice.....

04-14-2010, 04:12 PM
Uncle asked me for some measurements for my prop so I thought I would share it with the whole forum, along with a bit of hard earned wisdom while making the thing.

The tombstone is 2 feet tall. Any tombstone will do obviously.There are some very good "how to"s here that will get you a much better stone than mine.

The central pivot is mounted 8.5 inches high. The bar on the pivot is 13 inches long, but the pivot hole is at 6 inches. In the pic you can see that the drive bar that attaches to the motor is attached to the far end of the pivot bar, that is why the pivot hole is sort of off center. The short bar on the motor is 3.5 inches and the connecting bar between the motor and pivot bar is 6 inches. All the bolts, nuts, lock nuts, washers and lock washers are 1/4 inch since that is what I have the most of in my junk drawer. I assume that any size will do. The bolt that is used as the fulcrum is 3.5 inches long but could have been shorter as you can see a good bit sticks out. The two threaded rods that extend through the tombstone are 1/4 inch all-thread, each about 9 inches long, although I ended up cutting a good bit off as they wound up being too long.

To find the track for the holes through the stone I mounted the fulcrum screw and the pivot bar with the all-thread screwed partway in then moved the pivot bar up and down to scratch the lines of the track into the plywood back. (I hope that makes sense)

I suggest cutting (I used a router) the "track" holes in the plywood back of the tombstone before trying to glue it to the styrofoam front. You need to use plywood so you have a solid base to attach the pivot and the motor etc. I then traced those "tracks" onto the foam and cut them out.

The hands are attached to 5 inch pieces of 1/2 inch pvc pipe, like an arm bone. I then drilled a hole in the base of the stone (which is also plywood) under the hands right where I wanted them to bottom out. Glue a piece of dowel rod into the hole and run it up inside the hollow pvc "arm". This will guide the hand to make it run straight up and down smoothly. I tried a bunch of other stuff, weights, rubber bands etc and this worked the best.

The all-thread is fixed tight to the pivot rod in back but I used washers and nylon threaded nuts to fix the hands loosely to it through holes in the pvc "arm bones" rather than the hands themselves. This allows more of the actual bone hand to show, makes hiding the nuts easier and the hands will dangle for ease of movement. This also allows them to move up and down the dowel rod guide smoothly.

04-14-2010, 05:29 PM
Thanks jaege!

I may have been able to figure out some measurements that would have worked, but getting these will really help me cut down the trial and error (well, mostly the error part in my case....)

04-14-2010, 08:25 PM
Wow, this looks GREAT!!! Awesome job!!!

04-14-2010, 09:17 PM
Nice job, movement is great. Might have to steal, um, borrow this one maybe even this year.

04-16-2010, 01:23 AM
Hey this is great another prop for those 2.99 motors! Nicely executed! We might have to have a make and take on this one.

04-16-2010, 06:06 AM
Someone beat you to it. Uncle, from Rocky Mountain Haunters is doing one with his group.

04-16-2010, 11:15 AM
Love the scratched out words, the stone, I love those little motors. The hole thing is awesome.
Great job.

04-16-2010, 11:54 AM
I swear by those motors. How can you go wrong at 2.99?

Sickie Ickie
04-16-2010, 12:32 PM
which motor did you use?

04-16-2010, 06:02 PM
The motor is from www.surpluscenter.com. It is item number 5-1587. I used this motor for my grave peeper, my FCG, and this tombstone. I intend to use it for my gravedigger/keeper (which will be animated) a rocking gravestone, and a couple other animated graveyard props. At 2.99 it cannot be beat. It's too small for a lid banger or a mitb, but it will work with anything else that is not too heavy. And no, I am no way affiliated with surplus center. Its just a great little motor.

04-17-2010, 11:20 AM
Great prop - I love the fluid motion. We have such a wealth of talent here. Nice work.

04-17-2010, 07:50 PM
Very cool and original. The tombstone looks great and the arm motion is excellent.

04-20-2010, 08:52 AM
Cool ,
Looks good in the vid..
Great Job!!

04-26-2010, 10:31 AM
I really like this - I gotta learn how to make some larger tombstones so I can use these great ideas in my graveyard. I'm constantly amazed at the talent and creativity on this forum. Good job!

04-29-2010, 07:59 AM
I can see this tombstone catching on with everybody. It's the perfect touch for the spooky graveyard. Bookmarked!

04-30-2010, 07:59 PM
What a great prop, the movement is perfect but I am really grooving on the scratches on the face of the stone...the scratches make the concept come to life.

04-30-2010, 11:20 PM
I really like this - I gotta learn how to make some larger tombstones so I can use these great ideas in my graveyard. I'm constantly amazed at the talent and creativity on this forum. Good job!

I am flattered to be included with such an amazing group of talents. You gotta love this site. Where else can you see Halloween all year round?

05-01-2010, 06:24 PM
This is amazing! Great idea and very ingenious mechanism! I may have to borrow that set up someday. :D I completely agree! This site is awesome! Celebrating Halloween all year round! :jol:

06-19-2010, 01:45 PM
Someone beat you to it. Uncle, from Rocky Mountain Haunters is doing one with his group.

We did this at the RMG annual gathering last week. Now that I'm back in San Diego it's getting finished up. It's a great project!

Dr Dark
06-21-2010, 04:53 PM
This is an amazing prop. Well designed, simple, yet very effective. Well done!!!

06-21-2010, 05:28 PM
We did this at the RMG annual gathering last week. Now that I'm back in San Diego it's getting finished up. It's a great project!

Post some pics, if you can. I am curious as to the outcomes.