Episode 20 - Making a stop sign
Last fall when I removed the
swing-out stop sign from the
side of the bus, I decided to keep
it in case another purpose for it
arose. Recently I decided to
make it the heart of a building
project I would do with my
almost-six-year-old grandson Edison. We would mount it on a
base, swap in LED bulbs, add a power supply and a switch, to
make it into a ginormous night light.
While adults new to tinkering might
find some useful information in this
episode, the primary audience is
kids. Together we use a power drill,
power screw driver, soldering iron,
volt meter, heat gun and more.
I didn’t want the project to lag, either for Edison or for the viewer,
so I made and painted the wooden base before hand, off-
camera. It’s made from two, 1 foot
long pieces of 2x4 lumber, both
pieces notched in the middle to form
a cross. I used a router bit to round
off the edges, so it would look a bit
less like a cross made from 2x4
lumber. I made brackets from 1.5
inch angle iron I had around.
Using an angle grinder I cut off this strip from one edge of the
stop sign. That made the sign symmetrical.
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