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I just got my zig zag from my builder. It's practically perfect, and I can't wait to start performing it. I climbed inside it and slid the center over to check how much room my victim (er assistant) would have. When I did this I noticed that there were no slots for blades in the back of the cabinet. There were only slots in the front. I measured, and it seems the places where the slots should be in the back are covered by the metal runners that help slide the center section across.
Is there an easy way to fix this? If I make new doors and put the slots in higher, it may looks less believable. I also don't want to have the make slots through the metal runner, though. Are there smaller runners I could replace my current ones with? My current ones are about 2" wide .
What should my builder do?
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Why don't you ask the builder? Was it an illusion builder or a local builder?
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All the plans for ZigZag I have seen (Harbin, Osborne, etc) all need blades in the back of the illusion.

I.E. so the audience assistant can see them all the way through as they are slid
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The 2" Runners are overkill. You could easily get by with 1". See if you can find the same runner material in 1" then plot your blade slots. You will have to take the Upper section and lower section of the Illusion apart in order to do this right. I would disassemble both rear panels, drop them on a table saw, inside facing down and do a "Drop-In Cut" with the table saw blade. Your builder should know how to do this and he will follow a taped line, on the outside of the panels to let him know where the slot begins and ends. Sand the new slots, touch up paint and your off to the races.
To avoid any damage to the existing finish, use a LOW CONTACT Masking Film over the panels before you do any work. Peel it all off when complete. You may find this masking film at any Sign Supply Company.
Hope this helps,
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Hey guys,
Just another note on Blade slots for the zig zag. On our model we have installed little ledges. On top slot on the top, there is about a quarter inch ledge on the bottom. That way when the top blade goes in, all you have to do is lower to the ledge and slide forward. Makes it easier to find the slots in the back. As for the bottom, we have the ledge on the top. Hopefully this'll help you out.

Magically yours,

Matt Kielbiski
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