Bucky skeletons are a great addition to your
Halloween haunt, but when it come to getting them to stand up, it can be quite a
challenge. Here are our how-to instructions for building a nearly invisible stand for your
Bucky skeleton, which you can build it for about $15.00.
While we have kept our design simple, there are a few
critical steps. Assemble all the materials and tools you'll be using onto a suitable work
table and prepare Bucky for surgery.
Be sure to reassure him that this is only
"minor" surgery and he won't feel a thing.
1 - Bucky
1 - 1/2" Galvanized Floor Flange
1 - 1/2"x8" threaded Galvanized pipe nipple
1 - 1/2"x72" Hot Rolled Plain Round Rod
4 - #12x1" Pan Head Screws
1 - 2'x2'x1" particle board or plywood
1 - Can flat black spray paint
1 - Bailing wire or plastic zip fasteners
1 - Hacksaw
1 - Utility knife or razor blade
1 - Table Vise (must be attached very securely)
1 - 1/2"x24" piece of galvanized steel pipe
1 - Yard stick or tape measure
1 - Screw driver
1 - Drill with a 5/8" spade bit
1 - Metal file
A 5/8" hole must be drilled through his
tailbone for the rod to slide through and the skeleton to rest on.
Using a razor blade or utility knife, very carefully
cut the small mound as shown in picture to the right, off the tailbone so that it is flat.
Now using a drill with a 5/8" spade bit
attached, carefully drill a hole straight through the tailbone. If you don't drill the
hole correctly you could damage the tail bone section.
Measuring the rod correctly is critical or
when you make the bends it may not fit correctly. From what will be the top of the rod
measure down 21 inches and mark this point with a white or light colored crayon.
Now make a second mark 4-1/4 inches below the first
mark. These are the two places you will be bending the steel rod.
Place the pre-marked steel rod into a very
sturdy vise with the first mark level with the edge of the top of the vise jaws and
tighten the vise securely.
1/2"x24" pipe will be used as a tool to bend the steel rod, and we recommend
wearing gloves just in case you slip or the rod should break.
Slide the 1/2"x24" pipe over the
top of the rod and let it slide down until it's sitting on the top of the vise.