My wife wanted a German candle pyramid for a while and I figured; since our living room is Pirates of the Caribbean themed, why not kill two parrots with one laser.
This features pirates and wenches from the original, un-P.C. version along with the lamps, railings, signage and talking skull (“fairly warned, ye be, says I!”) from the attraction. The top is Captain Jack Sparrow’s compass (the needle inside also spins).
Took 10 months of off and on design and trial and error to design and a week to fabricate.
The hardest part: getting the slots the right size so that the tabs fit snuggly. My answer: make sure they’re square (i.e. if the board is 3/16th of an inch thick, make the tab cut 3/16th of an inch. Then, reduce the slot square to 97.5% for a snug fit.)
One design element I’m particularly happy with is the roof. Since it was a hexagon, I first cut the whole thing out and then scored the tiles on in sections, rotating the piece six times. That way the smoke from the laser always blew downwards, creating faux-shadows.
If you’re wondering, she loves it.