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SOCA Chapter March M&T - Steampunk Gun

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SOCA Chapter March M&T - Steampunk Gun

Time: March 15, 2014 from 11am to 4pm
Location: Garaginarium of Monstrosities (aka Don's House in Rancho Bernardo)
Street: 10919 Avenida de los Lobos
City/Town: Rancho Bernardo
Phone: 858-349-3979
Event Type: make, and, take
Organized By: Don Downing
Latest Activity: Mar 13, 2014

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Steampunk gun is the project for this month, and it should prove to be crafty and fun like last month's goggles.

There are several ways to make a steampunk gun, with an almost infinate amount of ways to fashion and fabricate.

A simple way is to start with a large squirt gun or Super Soaker of any size, from the small singles to the two-handed monsters.  Nerf guns are also a great source.  They all have a retro-futuristic shape, and when painted, distressed, and embelleshed, can look real vicious.

You could also create the entire gun out of parts and pieces of junk.  Wood, lamp parts, PVC, clock parts, canisters, valves, vaccuum tubes, the list goes on!

Remember, you can cut off any part of your base gun and replace it with other parts and pieces.



Start collecting parts and pieces you want to use to fabricate your gun.  Dig through your containers and drawers to find these various things, throw 'em in a box and you're all set.


PARTS: (varied based on what you are making)

Squirt/Nerf gun, any size



Lamp parts

Clock parts

Wire, heavy gauge


TOOLS: (varied based on how you are fabricating)

Heat gun

Super Glue / JB Weld

Hot Glue gun/glue sticks

Soldering iron + solder

Dremel tool

Hack saw

Spray paint (black, copper, silver, brown, etc)

Wire snips



Paint rags

Screws of various size



Folding work table

Extension cord for your tools

Folding chair

Canopy for the sunny back yard




Chili Cook-Off-Battle-Royal!  Back by popular demand!

Bring in your best chili that you can create.  Everyone will cast a vote, and the entries will score in categories of:

1) Best Tasting

2) Hottest

3) Best Presentation

There will be outlets in case you need to plug in a crock pot or hot plate.

Winners will rise to glory, the losers will be fed to the lions.



Bring in something for the table and you'll get to draw from the virtually bottomless container of wonderous and mystical items.


Thanks for reading all the way to the bottom.  You're awesome!

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Comment by Don Downing on March 13, 2014 at 9:57am

Due to lack of participation, this Make & Take is cancelled.

If anyone wants to stop by on Saturday 11am-4pm and chit-chat or work on a project, I'll be working in my garage.  Probably putting together a torso for the pneumatic pop-up we made last year.

Comment by John Hart on March 11, 2014 at 8:39am

Sorry, I cannot attend. I will be at a Steampunk event in Perris.

Comment by Halstaff on March 10, 2014 at 12:23pm

It looks like I've been drafted by my son to help him move this Saturday.  Their place is ready earlier than expected and I have the truck.  I'm still going to try to make it but will be late if I do.

Comment by Randy on February 17, 2014 at 3:16pm

I don't need no stinkin' gun (even if they are really cool), but I should be there. Even though this will be a chili cook-off, I'll probably just bring my usual rabbit food. Y'all'll probably need somethin' to cool off'n yer smokin' pie holes after all that chili.

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