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Bookshelf Safe . . 2013 MOCAthalon Team: Clutch Builders Category: "Bookends" Hey all, Another entry for the MA here. Had lots of fun working with the mechanics of this, and hope to do some more stuff like it in the future. It was a huge challenge though. Getting the machine to start and stop on its own, by strictly using touch sensors was quite difficult, especially considering I had to try and conceal all of the machinery. Still, here it is in all its glory. Judges, please be sure to watch the video. Its a pretty boring build without seeing the movability of it, haha. SOLI DEO GLORIA! -Blake EDIT: Alright fellas, here's the deal. In effort to close this controversy once and for all, I will try to explain this as clearly as I can. As the above picture proves, these are in fact bookends. These can be viewed in multiple ways, but the way that I intended them and the way in which they are presented is that the bookend on the left (the one with the swinging door and the dummy books attached to it) and a bookend on the right (the simple grey end piece) are the two end pieces which can hold any number of books between them. I purposefully chose to build the actual end pieces rather plainly and dully in order to "not draw attention" as would be wanted considering they hide a secret compartment. Instead, I chose to make them as realistic as possible. The two pieces work in tandem to operate the secret door. The right one has a touch sensor which sends a signal to the left one which has a motor that opens the door inside the case. On the removal of a book, the touch sensor is activated which opens the door. This can be achieved through any number of books between them, not simply my stand-in black book. The wooden case on which they stand was built for showiness, as well as provide a stable base for some of the mechanics involved. The books themselves were built for showiness also. Nobody else in the competition has yet to build actual books for their bookends, mind you. If you look at the bookends as being the little grey pieces, then you are sure to be underwhelmed. If you look at them as being only able to hold one book, then you are again sure to be underwhelmed. If you look at the entirety of this creation as one whole piece, then, again, you are sure to be underwhelmed. As the picture above shows, they can hold any number of books (LEGO or real). Chris' comment tells me that I am out of the category (and my score is adjusted for this) but I humbly ask how I can be out of the category when I built two bookends (and an actual book to go between them, haha)? Bookends "Design a pair of wickedly cool bookends. Show them off holding up your library of Barbie Fairy Princess books, or whatever you read." I designed a pair of bookends, and I showed them off with LEGO books. How is this out of the category? The only possible nitpick could be that I didn't show them off with my "Barbie Fairy Princess books", but I did show them off as with LEGO books (indeed, LEGO books were apart of the bookends). So that is my take on this situation. Thanks, judges, for your time and consideration. God bless, -Blake PS, David, I would hope that the judges vote merely on my build, and not on my so-called reputation.

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