I had an old Mr. Jaber Jaw (talking skeleton), who stopped talking from being left out overnight & got wet. They sell these that don’t talk for cheaper. So to make him more interesting, I put him in a torture cage made from scrap Masonite I picked up at work. It holds up better than cardboard, so your hard work can be seen year after year. This is what had to work from, feel free to improve. When I built mine, I just used glue (no screws) & it has come apart a few times. So I added the steps for the screws. They add a look of rivets which adds to the detail. You can use putty to fill-in the slot, if you want. You probably don’t even need to glue where the screws are used & eliminate some drying time, speeding things up to just a weekend build. I didn’t put a top on mine but you can build one just like the bottom.
Masonite, cut into 1” wide strips.
6 ea. Sides 38”
1 ea. Band #1 - 31”
1 ea. Band #2 - 47”
1 ea. Band #3 - 41”
1 ea. Band #4 – 35.5”
1 ea. 11” dia. Floor
24 ea. #8-32 x 3/8” round head machine screw w/ nut (or use pop rivets)
1 ea. Skeleton, Pirate, etc.
Paint – Black (spray or brush-on), Silver (brush-on only)
JigSaw to cut strips & Bottom
Paint brush (old)
Drill & bit for screw holes
“C” clamp, spring clamp or tape.
Step 1: Building It
Cut Masonite into 1” wide strips & round floor. See Fig. 1
Soak the 4 ea. “Band” strips with water. This softens them so they can be bent without breaking. Bend each into a circle overlapping the ends 1” & glue. Use a clamp or tape to hold in place while drying.
Glue Band #4 to the circle cut for the floor & let dry. You may need to repeat gluing to get a good bead around the bottom.