Years ago I saw a video of a monster crate and thought I’d like to build one someday.
2015 was the year I started Halloween and this seemed like an easy build.
A car door lock actuator was mounted on the inside, towards the front.
The lid pushes the actuator back down when power is removed.
This means I only need a single polarity to energise the actuator.
The actuator only has a short stroke, but it is cheap and worked well.
I mounted the control board remotely this year, but will integrate it into the box for 2016.
They shine through the gaps between the boards.
It may have looked better with slightly larger gaps.
The chain gives the illusion that it is limiting the lid opening.
This wires into the controller board so the crate only activated when someone walks by.
I’m not very good at woodwork, but I’m happy with the result.
I may cut the height down by one plank width for 2016.
These actuators are only meant for intermittent operation,
but the low duty cycle helped keep the temperature rise down.
The new controller board I have planned for 2016 will be able to
fire the actuator at full power, then PWM it down once extended.
I’ll also put the controller board inside the box next time.