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Farnsworth Template.jpg

Well, if you found this, you are probably a fan of Warehouse 13. There are many examples of replicas for the Farnsworth, which the characters of the show use to communicate. Many of these replicas take machine shop tools or laser cutters to make. This is not one of those.

This Instructable is for a miniature version of the Farnsworth. It is cheap, fairly easy to build, and will in no way pass for the actual device. However, if you are looking for an easy build with fun results, you may like to try it.

You can see it in action in the video above.

Step 1: Gather Your Materials

Picture of Gather Your Materials
  • (1) Altoid tin (use an older one with a flat top, not one with the name pressed into the lid) or order one of these from Artbeads.com
  • (1) 9mm Round Glass Carbochon - Foiled Crystal (available here from Artbeads.com)
  • (1) Radio Shack 9V Recording Module
  • (1) Radio Shack 10mm Ultra-High Brightness Red LED
  • (1) 9V alkaline battery
  • (1) Farnsworth faceplate template printout (Click the picture above and save it to your computer.)
  • Some cardstock from an old greeting card or wherever
  • Some corrugated cardboard 
  • Soldering iron and solder
  • Helping hands
  • Sharp scissors
  • X-Acto or other hobby knife
  • Small Philips head screwdriver
  • Medium Philips head screwdrivers
  • Glue stick
  • Masking tape
  • Thin double-sided poster tape
  • Double-sided foam tape
  • White primer spray paint
  • Metallic gold spray paint
  • Metallic antique brass spray paint
  • Clear matte finish spray paint 
EmperorOz1 year ago
So I was doing some research and Sony made flat black and white crt tvs in the early 1990s. Means you could make a simple analogue transmitter, hook it up to a backup cam and put all the guts in a farnesworth tin. because we use digital broadcasts now, you could actually communicate a hundred feet or so with this analogue set up, provided your little transmitter was heatsinked well and around 1 watt.
Where is the file for the faceplate image?
ignoblegnome (author)  mamabear13421 year ago
Just click on the picture above the Parts/Materials list and save the file locally. That's the template.
richpit2 years ago
I'm definitely doing this. It's a great Instructable, especially since it's such a cool prop made with affordable parts! Thanks!
youngestmm2 years ago
Oh, any idea where I could find instructions for the Tesla?
ignoblegnome (author)  youngestmm2 years ago
No idea. Your google search is as good as mine. ; j
youngestmm2 years ago
This is amazing! I'm gonna make one to go with my Halloween costume.
ignoblegnome (author)  youngestmm2 years ago
Very glad you liked it!
makermike3 years ago
Nice instructable! I especially like that you've made it fairly low-level and accessible. I've been wanting to do a project with a recording module, and a variation of this one might be it! This would fit in great for my steampunk outfit.
ignoblegnome (author)  makermike3 years ago
Thanks! I was hoping to have a couple of these ready for the Steampunk Worlds Fair in NJ last month. Unfortunately, I didn't get them done in time. However, I did get them completed in time for my friends' daughter's Warehouse 13 themed birthday party. They were a big hit.