Step 2: Measuring and Cutting the Wood

Take three of your 2x4 studs and the tape measure. Mark off lines at 30 in, 60 in, 90 in, and 93 in.
For each of these boards, you should end up with three 2.5ft sections, and two 3in  blocks.
These pieces will make the feet and the top.  Additionally, one of these pieces will be trimmed again later to form the crossbeam to the blade.

On your 2x10 measure off lines at 30 in and 60 in.  This will give you two 2.5ft sections for your lunette.  The remainder can be set aside for another project.

(ALTERNATE CUT) If you would like to save a little money on wood and make fewer cuts, you can cut the 2x10 into the three 2.5ft sections similar to the way the 2x4 were cut.  You can then use this piece instead on the front of the top of the frame in Step 3.  This will allow you to get  by with one less 2x4, but will slightly change the appearance of the guillotine.

Made mine based off this Instructable. I added to it. Used lumber laying around the yard for the past year. Hope you like!
Love it.
I just use a butcher knife instead of these it saves time and money
Uh... I think its just a prop.
Sorry, I'm sure you could make it work if you wanted.
Do you know where I could get a real blade?<br /> <div id="refHTML">&nbsp;</div>
Your best best would be to go to a scrap yard to find a large piece of sheet metal to work with.&nbsp; That's where we found metal for another one of our projects this year.<br />
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wow could i make it acutllay drop
You could. You would probably need to add some tracks or slots for the blade to fit in so it falls down straight.<br><br>Since we were mainly just using it for pictures, we figured it would be safer to keep it mounted in one place.
door slides maybe
What are the dimensions of the guillotine?
It was 8ft tall, the full height of the 2x4s. But, if you want to modify it to be taller, it would be great. 8ft was the limit due to the ceiling we were using, but the taller it is, the more imposing it will be.
i find this frightening simply as an idea haha<br />
&nbsp;My dad made one of these for Halloween like 12 years ago. We didn't put the string to pull the blade up but a lot of people were freaked out by this prop. Great if you have an executioner mask to wear too.
Here is the executioner I was talking about before.<br /> https://www.instructables.com/id/Beheaded-Punchbowl-Fountain/<br />
We actually have another idea for the executioner,&nbsp; I'm hoping to have that instructable posted closer to Halloween.<br />
I thought it was a real one. darn
Off with the tricksters heads!<br />
Don't forget to test it!<br />
Don't forget to add audio with the cheering of population !!!<br /> I really need to link this instructable with <a href="https://www.instructables.com/id/Barbie-Doll-Electric-Chair-Science-Fair-Project!/">www.instructables.com/id/Barbie-Doll-Electric-Chair-Science-Fair-Project!/</a><br /> <br />
oooooh! great idea! rated 5*

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