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April Fools Screaming Lizard Shipping Container

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This Instructable will teach you how to build a fake animal shipping container box to scare your friends or kids.

My kids had been wanting to get another pet for some time so I thought I would use that to my advantage for this April Fools Day prank.

I built a small shipping container box that looks like it has a live lizard inside.  Little did my kids know that it was actually a box with a spring loaded bar that makes them think a lizard is jumping out of the box as they open it. 

When they start to open the lid of the box it looks like the lizard is jumping out of the box and a motorcycle horn goes off.  It's a lot of fun.  Watch the video to see all of the fun and how startled they were.

This project is extremely fun and extremely loud.  I took this to work and had a lot of people ask  to see what was inside.  I didn't get video of them, but I don't think they would have given me permission to use it anyway.


 
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Step 1: Tools and Materials


TOOLS

The tools I used on the project were as follows:
  • Table Saw
  • Band Saw
  • Scroll Saw
  • Oscillating Belt Sander
  • Drill press
  • Cordless drill
  • Hacksaw
  • Screwdrivers, wrenches and pliers
  • Clamps
  • Vise
  • Sanding block
  • Screwdrivers and wrenches
  • Soldering Iron

Not all of the tools in this list are required, but may make the construction much easier.  Your build may need more or less than what I show.  This may also vary based on the material that you use for your project.


Materials
  • 1/2" thick plywood
  • 3/4" thick plywood
  • 12 volt dc motorcycle horn - cheap one overseas from Ebay
  • On/Off pushbutton switch
  • Rolling lever switch
  • Aluminum bar stock - 1 " wide x 1/8" thick
  • Various screws, washers, and nuts
  • Electrical wire for the horn circuit
  • Hasp for box lid
  • 2" hinges for box lid
  • 1" hinge for throwing lever


NOTE: If you plan on using any tool for a project please make sure you are familiar with the tool and all of the dangers associated with it. If you are not familiar with a tool then you should ask someone who is to show you the proper way to use it. A lot of communities have classes at local colleges on the proper use of tools and machinery. There are also local woodworking clubs that offer classes at very reasonable rates for beginners. I highly recommend using these resources for your safety and for the most efficient use of the tool.

SAFETY FIRST
Always wear eye and hearing protection.
Always work safe with the proper safety equipment and guards on your tools.

Hiyadudez2 years ago
I love it :D

You've won for sure, considering the other entries. (No offence to anyone, or myself =[ )
Unfortunately, that is totally true lol
stevemoseley (author)  ramicaza2 years ago
Thanks for the kind comments, but there are always lots of Instructables that I think will most likely beat my entries.

It was cool to see so many entries come in at the end of the contest.
Looks like I was right lol... but seriously, congrats on the drone and cool 'ible. :)
stevemoseley (author)  ramicaza2 years ago
I was hoping you were right as well. Thanks so much for the comments.

The kids are going to love playing with the Quadricopter. Ok, I admit it. I will too.
Ezra Fike2 years ago
Congratulations on winning the contest! Loved the video, by the way. That kid had the most blissful laugh I've ever heard! Keep up the good work!

Indubitably,

Ezra Fike
stevemoseley (author)  Ezra Fike2 years ago
Thanks so much for the comments. I'm still shocked it won the contest. We had a lot of fun with the lizard shipping box over the Easter holiday weekend at a family get together. We scared a few of my son's cousins with it.

Now I need to start planning for next April 1st.

My youngest son wants me to take the horn out of the box and put it on his scooter. I don't think I can do that to the neighborhood.

Steve
mikeasaurus2 years ago
Awesome! This is exactly the kind of thing my Dad did to me when I was a kid!