What the heck is happening in this photograph?

@TheHorse (51413)
Pleasant Hill, California
January 10, 2016 1:37pm CST
Before you read my text, check the photo. Does it make any sense? What's your first guess as to what the heck is going on? I worked four mornings at my friend's preschool last week. They know I love fixing toys that break at the preschool. In this case, it was a wooden castle that broke in two. I had to sand down the broken edges and glue down the splintered wood. Then I used my Elmer's wood glue to glue the two halves back together. I used spring-loaded clamps to hold things together, and also weighted things together with one of my restored vintage loudspeakers. I did the final gluing last night before I went to bed so I wouldn't be tempted to mess with it before it had a chance to dry. I'll go take my little "sculpture" apart now and see if it held.
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@pgiblett (6649)
• Canada
10 Jan 16
Before reading the remainder of your text I have to say it looks like the speaker is recharging itself in a primitive battery. Back to the text... Ah OK. That is why the speakers look as if they are recharging themselves.
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@TheHorse (51413)
• Pleasant Hill, California
10 Jan 16
Ah, good one! Those clamps do remind me of jumper cable terminations as well.
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@pgiblett (6649)
• Canada
10 Jan 16
@TheHorse Interesting pic.
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@vandana7 (57184)
• India
5 Nov 16
And where are you bro in law? I am kinda missing troubling you...
@Missmwngi (9696)
• Nairobi, Kenya
10 Jan 16
I had a little idea
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@TheHorse (51413)
• Pleasant Hill, California
10 Jan 16
It's a wacky one. I use whatever I have around the house to fix things.
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@DianneN (57250)
• United States
10 Jan 16
I hope you were able to fix it. Sounds like a good plan.
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@TheHorse (51413)
• Pleasant Hill, California
10 Jan 16
Thanks! So far so good. I have to be patient now, as I have another little sculpture going. Then I have a little staircase to glue in.
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• United States
11 Jan 16
I guessed exactly that when I saw the pic. The wood glue on the side clued me in. lol Hope it stays together! :-)
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@TheHorse (51413)
• Pleasant Hill, California
11 Jan 16
Thanks! I took everything apart this morning (removed all the clamps), and things look good. We'll have to kid test it later this week.
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• United States
12 Jan 16
@TheHorse That's the ultimate test right there. Kids can be brutal. lol
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@TheHorse (51413)
• Pleasant Hill, California
12 Jan 16
@missjessicadawn We'll see what happens. I think it should be as good as new. But this isn't a very rugged design.
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@celticeagle (114072)
• Boise, Idaho
11 Jan 16
It looked like clamps but I couldn't figure out what for sure.
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@TheHorse (51413)
• Pleasant Hill, California
8 Feb 16
Yep, I was just trying to fix a toy. I'm not sure if they've used it yet.
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@celticeagle (114072)
• Boise, Idaho
9 Feb 16
@TheHorse ...Good luck on that.
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@TheHorse (51413)
• Pleasant Hill, California
9 Feb 16
@celticeagle I'll check this Thursday. I'm subbing that day.
@fawkes62 (1359)
• United States
11 Jan 16
I had no idea what was going on in that picture until I read your post. It's great that you are able to fix the toys for the preschool children. I hope it stayed together once it was dry.
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@TheHorse (51413)
• Pleasant Hill, California
8 Feb 16
It felt strong when I took it back to the preschool, but I'm not sure that it's been put back into service yet.
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@boiboing (12524)
• Northampton, England
11 Jan 16
I thought it was the speaker that you had clamped. Got that wrong.
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@TheHorse (51413)
• Pleasant Hill, California
11 Jan 16
Heh heh. The speaker was just a weight in this case.
• United States
11 Jan 16
aw, those young'uns'll be tickled to get that lil castle back. hopefully it all went well?
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@TheHorse (51413)
• Pleasant Hill, California
11 Jan 16
I have the stains clamped in now. I think it will hold.
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• Canada
11 Jan 16
Aw, you've just made a bunch of little people happy.
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@TheHorse (51413)
• Pleasant Hill, California
11 Jan 16
That makes me happy! I'm still working on the blasted thing, though. I think it's been "fixed" before.
@Tampa_girl7 (21245)
• United States
11 Jan 16
I don't see a photograph.
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@TheHorse (51413)
• Pleasant Hill, California
11 Jan 16
I wonder why not. It's still there.
@DeborahDiane (15853)
• Laguna Woods, California
11 Jan 16
That was so nice of you to help your friend's preschool by fixing the wooden castle. I recognized your speakers in the picture, but I couldn't figure out what the pink parts were, until I read your post!
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@TheHorse (51413)
• Pleasant Hill, California
11 Jan 16
I use whatever I have on hand to weight things down.
@marguicha (80215)
• Chile
11 Jan 16
The only thing I could guess were the loudspeakers. They are identical to ones I have stored in one of my closets for ages
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@TheHorse (51413)
• Pleasant Hill, California
11 Jan 16
If they have real wood veneer, they could have some value! Do you know what they're called?
@JudyEv (96378)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Jan 16
Well, that all makes sense now!
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• United States
11 Jan 16
I had no idea! I thought.... subwoofer speakers + battery = ?? ! But that's awesome you are crafty and helping repair the school's wooden castle! I hope it turned out alright now!
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@TheHorse (51413)
• Pleasant Hill, California
11 Jan 16
So far so good. One staircase to go. The staircase should actually provide additional stability to the repair.
• United States
10 Jan 16
Elmer's Glue and big clamps sure come in handy for a number of things.
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@TheHorse (51413)
• Pleasant Hill, California
11 Jan 16
Yep, I think it will work with this thing.
@amadeo (45990)
• United States
10 Jan 16
Your not charging something there are you?
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@TheHorse (51413)
• Pleasant Hill, California
10 Jan 16
It really does look that way! I'm not charging anything, and I'm not making a bomb-clock. The speaker is just weighting down some glue I put in the night before.
@Hatley (157524)
• Garden Grove, California
10 Jan 16
I did not have a clue except it looked like a toy something lol hope it all worked for you
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@TheHorse (51413)
• Pleasant Hill, California
10 Jan 16
It seems to have held. Now I have to glue a little staircase back in that should provide additional stability.
@Juliaacv (21969)
• Canada
10 Jan 16
I hope that the glue and waiting did the trick!
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@TheHorse (51413)
• Pleasant Hill, California
10 Jan 16
Thanks! So far so good. I have another little "sculpture" going now, as I found an area on the "healthier" side that was starting to separate.
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@GardenGerty (90075)
• Marion, Kansas
15 Feb 16
I swear we could be siblings separated at birth. I carried a tool chest to Head start. I tried to always fix everything.Just based on what I know of you on here I feel like I know you pretty well.
@jaboUK (49991)
• United Kingdom
11 Jan 16
I had no idea what it was until I blew up the photo and could see it properly. Even then I wouldn't have known without your telling us, though the glue was a good clue. I hope it worked ok.