Introduction: Ninja Vs. Zombie Shadow Cast

A few weeks ago I saw a laser cut zombie shadow cast in the Makers Market and thought to myself that it was okay, but it was missing a certain something. What could it be? Was it source files perhaps? Well... yes, but... no... that wasn't quite it. There was just something about it not sitting right.

This existential absence gnawed at my brrrrraiiinnnnsssss and left me cold. That is, until it finally hit me like a shuriken. The original shadow cast was missing totally awesome ninjas. I corrected this problem and then wailed on my guitar.

If you happen to have access to a laser cutter, a friend with access to a laser cutter or internet access and a credit card (ahem... ponoko.com), then you can make your own today!

Step 1: Go Get Stuff

You will need:

The attached source file
6" x 20" sheet of 1/4" plywood
A laser cutter
Wood Glue
Clamps
Wood stain
A paintbrush

Step 2: Cut It Out

Load the source file and cut out the pieces with your laser cutter.

I happened to be using an awesome 75W Epilog laser cutter with the following settings:

Power: 80
Speed: 7
Frequency: 1,000

Step 3: Glue and Clamp

Apply an even layer of glue on the back side of the U-shaped piece with the hole in it.

Evenly sandwich that piece together with the solid U-Shaped piece and clamp them until dry (roughly 30 minutes).

Remove the clamps and apply glue evenly along the short flat edge of the new composite U-shaped piece (this is the edge opposite the curve). Clamp this at a right angle with the "Ninja vs Zombie" cutout.

Step 4: Stain

Apply a coat or two of stain and let dry. Although they claim the stain dries within 24 hours, it was a few days before the stain stopped being tacky. If you are concerned about protecting the wood from ware, you can apply a coat of urethane.

Step 5: Light It Up

Turn off the lights, place a candle in the holder and light it up.

Comments

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pipsqueakboy (author)2013-01-10

Its in front of a candle, so still fire/heat.

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limplex (author)2010-07-20

I'm a ninja(:

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D Jason Payne (author)2010-07-19

Zombies can't catch ninjas if they are on fire.

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onemanarmy675 (author)2010-07-16

I cant afford a lazer cutter, could i use cardboard, a printed stencil of ninja vs zombies, and a razor?

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randofo (author)onemanarmy6752010-07-16

Cardboard might catch on fire. Perhaps you could use some sort of thin plastic that is more heat resistant.

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onemanarmy675 (author)randofo2010-07-16

oh and btw, Nice design there ^_^

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onemanarmy675 (author)randofo2010-07-16

Well flammabilty shouldnt be an issue, i was gonna use a battery flashlight.

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shmolky (author)2010-07-13

This is so cool! I can't wait to try to make one (probably by hand with a dremel) later this summer!

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yoyology (author)2010-07-13
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lemonie (author)yoyology2010-07-13


It's the same silhouette, so where did they both steal it from...?

L

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yoyology (author)lemonie2010-07-13

At a guess, I'd say Ben Johnson's Free Vector Zombies.

Second hit on a Google Image Search for "zombie silhouette".  :-)

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lemonie (author)yoyology2010-07-13


I should say so, thanks.

L

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lemonie (author)2010-07-13


Very nice. A touch of paint and it's make a lovely nightlight for a child's bedroom.

L

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canida (author)lemonie2010-07-13

Ooh, I like this idea. I'm stealing it from Randy when he's not looking!

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Dr Qui (author)2010-07-12

Nice work, I used one of the zombies to make a decal for a PC case mod a few years ago.

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Lindie (author)2010-07-12

I saw this on Facebook and knew it was you! Cool!

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jeff-o (author)2010-07-12

Hey, I bet I could cut this out on my scroll saw, too! And yes, everything is better with ninjas.

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bowmaster (author)jeff-o2010-07-12

Except pirates. Pirates are deader.

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jeff-o (author)bowmaster2010-07-12

Yeah, pirates don't really stand a chance against ninjas.

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Ghost Wolf (author)jeff-o2010-07-12

You should tell the mythbusters that see if they'll try it

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jeff-o (author)Ghost Wolf2010-07-12

Well, I'm all for sending a boat full of ninjas into Somalian waters as much as the next guy, but I doubt you'll find such a thing at a scrapyard in California...

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Ghost Wolf (author)jeff-o2010-07-12

Doubt all you want because heres a link

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