Matt Kotich

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Here are some of the projects that I've built.

Mansion Clock.

While I was in Vegas I wanted to add some subtle Disney Flare to the house. In thinking over some of my favorite rides, Mansion and Pirates, I decided that since I had always wanted a grandfather clock in the house, that the grandfather clock from the Haunted Mansion was the perfect answer. I scaled up the 13" tall Disney Parks Mansion Clock toy that was living on my entertainment center to match the scale of my parents' actual real 85" tall grandfather clock. From that I built this massive 107lb, 82in tall working Grandfather Clock out of solid red oak for the house. I love this thing, and I love hearing the hourly chimes that play music and bells from the ride through a Raspberry Pi3 and computer speakers hidden in the base and head. This was a great project which took months to complete that I get to enjoy every day.

I loved this one so much that I built it its own webpage where I documented every step of its build.

Crokinole Board.

During the lockdowns of 2020 I was looking for projects to do and games to play. In browsing some fun two player games to play, I stumbled upon Crokinole. A two player shuffleboard-type game that can fit on a table (a pretty big table). I loved the look of the game and the idea of being able to play a shuffleboard type game in the house, so I went to look to buy one and once I saw the price, decided to build one as my next project. Its a really fun build, and looks great as a conversation piece on our loft/library table. Its a lot of fun. You should try it.

Shut The Box Game.

I wanted a simple little game to play alone or in a small group on the couch and also stumbled upon this one when I found out about Crokinole. This one is more like a Yahtzee type game where you roll the dice and you shut either the number of the sum of the dice, or the number on each die. Once you roll a number where you've already closed the sum and one or both of the single dice, you're done. Add up what's left open and that's your score. Lowest score wins!