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smeighan
01-28-2012, 08:38 PM
I thought i posted a thread here in december, i guess i was on planetchristmas.com.

Anyways, this Christmas my sons and i built twin 9' Nutcrackers for my wife.

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My wife is Russian. She was having a Nutcracker themed Christmas party. My 10 yo twin boys asked if we could surprise her with some yard Nutcrackers. The boys wanted to build a 5' Nutcracker. We couldn't find any plans that were exactly what we wanted. We took the 12" nutcrackers you see them holding and scaled them into two 9 foot nutcrackers you see here: http://www.meighan.net/nutcrackers/


Some people asked for the plans so we posted pictures and directions on the web page.

thanks
sean, dennis and alexei meighan
Highlands ranch, CO


My new project is building software to take Math models and project them onto rgb targets
http://meighan.net/seqbuilder/index.php

next year we plan on adding some lights to the nutcrackers.

mschell
01-28-2012, 09:30 PM
Very nice, and great documentation of the project!

corytcline
01-28-2012, 10:43 PM
Very nice, and great documentation of the project!

I second that very creative.

DIY Sparks
01-28-2012, 11:00 PM
Nutcrackers... sweet

boyelroy11
01-28-2012, 11:14 PM
Well done!

kx5h
01-29-2012, 08:22 PM
Very very nice.

FIRECOP252
06-30-2012, 11:04 AM
Sean,

I was thinking at one time you had the link to how you built one of these but when I go to it it is now for the effects builder...do you by chance have a link to how you built these nutcrackers...possibly thinking about building one myself for our front porch...thanks sir.

Xenia
06-30-2012, 11:26 AM
Lance,

Go to Sean's profile. There is a link there.

FIRECOP252
06-30-2012, 05:37 PM
found it Thanks

smeighan
06-30-2012, 11:12 PM
Sean,

I was thinking at one time you had the link to how you built one of these but when I go to it it is now for the effects builder...do you by chance have a link to how you built these nutcrackers...possibly thinking about building one myself for our front porch...thanks sir.

my signature has two links
1 goes to the nutcracker software
the other goes to the web page describing how we built the 9' nutcrackers. i have had 7 people duplicate these 9' nutcrackers.

thanks

michaelc
11-29-2012, 07:53 PM
Kudos to Sean for the design, I just revealed my nutcracker tonight. We've been working on it since the summer. I think he will live inside not out.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=438359769560332&set=a.438359766226999.105079.193239450739033&type=1&theater (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=438359769560332&set=a.438359766226999.105079.193239450739033&type=1&theater)

ukewarrior
11-29-2012, 08:12 PM
Link doesn't work.
Can you upload to this site for those of us that don't do facebook?

Kudos to Sean for the design, I just revealed my nutcracker tonight. We've been working on it since the summer. I think he will live inside not out.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=438359769560332&set=a.438359766226999.105079.193239450739033&type=1&theater (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=438359769560332&set=a.438359766226999.105079.193239450739033&type=1&theater)

michaelc
11-29-2012, 08:22 PM
Here you go. I had to reduce the size to fit in the 2meg limit here.

Materdaddy
11-29-2012, 09:36 PM
That's great! I love novelty things, so something large that's usually small or something small that's usually large always catches my fancy. Glad to see Sean is still inspiring people aside from his software! Did you build it the same as Sean's, or are you planning on posting some build pictures too?


...don't do facebook...

does...not...compute

crazy_carpenter
11-29-2012, 10:02 PM
Awesome job. You know what they say. "Go big or go home" :thup2:

michaelc
11-29-2012, 10:02 PM
I followed Sean's plans for the most part. It was hard to see some of his exact measurements so I had to do a best guess. I think my bottom half is a bit taller than his. Also, the numbers for his hat didn't work for me. The angles prescribed didn't match the heights. I had to re-calculate and extend the top rod a bit. The last change is how the top connect to the bottom. I chose to use two sided bolts since it was impossible to find the holes blind.

I would say this, working with the shower plastic siding is a PITA. The linoleum flooring was much easier to work with.

smeighan
12-03-2012, 01:16 PM
Awesome job. You know what they say. "Go big or go home" :thup2:

Michael;

very nice.

I know i could add more dimensions to my instructions.

Also i did not explain about how to calculate cone frustum's (This is the shape of a lamp shape, a truncated cone). I found a web site with a frustum calculator and used that for the hat and the two wraps above and below the belt.

I didnt really have much issue wrapping the hat the the belt area with the shower plastic.

The plastic did not work for the body which is why i went with linoleum.

My sons wanted the sword removeable because they wanted me to make
a) mace
2) rapier
3) whatever else they say in Skyrim.


thanks
sean

ggusta
12-29-2012, 05:43 PM
nice job on both your nutcracker tutorial and your rgb's. thanks for sharing your knowledge.

tom4writer
01-09-2015, 11:05 AM
Hey Sean,

I know this is old post. Any chance you still have these build instructions? I can't find them on your new site or my local drive. I've been trying to build these since I've read this post. Hoping this will be the year.

Thanks
Tom

jnealand
01-09-2015, 11:09 AM
Try this
http://meighan.net/build_your_own_nutcrackers/