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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