Using a CNC router, vinyl cutter, laser cutter, strip heater, and $200 in materials from Home Depot, Boston area inventor and builder Christian Reed constructed an awesomely detailed table-top stadium to hold the provisions for Sunday’s festivities.
I got this idea for this project from a good friend of mine. The idea was to make a miniature stadium that could be loaded with food for the Super Bowl; a.k.a. a snack stadium. Using a budget of $200 and one continuous day in the shop (I have access to some pretty good shops although most of this can be done with power tools), my friend Lena and I were able to get it all done.
The stencil for the gridiron markings was cut on a Roland Vinyl cutter. Transfer tape was applied to the back of the stencil, it was pressed onto the turf grass, and painted with white paint.
The base and stands were cut from MDF using a ShopBot CNC router.
The top portion of the stadium was installed using the PVC pipes for alignment. The vertical surfaces are flexible PVC board.
The lights on the tops of the poles and the scoreboard were laser cut. A strip heater was used to bend the lights so they double as napkin holders.