Batcave-style entrance (on a budget)

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Want to enter your hidden lair in style? Well [Jimmy] simply wanted to create a cool prop for his school’s homecoming dance. This project includes some obvious inspiration from Wayne Manor. [Jimmy] wired up the automated entrance with a 12VDC motor. In order for it to be able to push the door , the motor had to be attached to a gearbox, which directly powered a wheel. Current consumption issues were solved by using a wall-wart. Because a real bookshelf would still be too heavy, [Jimmy] dressed up a regular door with some patterned wallpaper to give it the right look. Coupled with a Shakespearean bust concealing the button, and some other cosmetic touches, this project was sure to impress any student who knew its secret.

Comments

  1. sly says:

    looks like a garage door opener to me… to the megashop! there are projects to be constructed!

  2. dan powers says:

    fucking awesome

  3. @dan powers: Indeed

  4. Dan K says:

    Hmm you might want to hide those wires :) Kickass project though. All I need to do is buy a house big enough to have a secret room in.

  5. Irish says:

    Who says it has to be a “secret” room. The door to my computer room/workshop would indeed benefit from this!

  6. javier says:

    @ Irish: Exactly no more snooping children to muck up the projects, or wives trying to clean the workbench that has everything in its place and a place for everything.

  7. Agent420 says:

    Did you guys really pay $300 for that Shakespeare bust switch???

  8. Jimmy says:

    @agent420

    I was in the process of making my own bust, which I already had the materials for, when someone said they bought one to save time because Homecoming was a Month earlier this year – I have no idea what they paid for it, but I do know that half of the class has asked to buy the thing

    to make one from scratch, one only needs a hack saw, casting resin (such as Alumilite), a mold of some sort (Silicone Rubber, Plaster, etc), a origial form or someone who does really good wax sculpting (the original is not ruined in this method); and if available a Vacuum Pump to remove air bubles from the resin making it stronger

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