Bed of Nails Exhibition by Hands On!

Bed of Nails

Just how risky is laying on a bed of
5,000 nails?

Visitors soon discover it isn't the prickly situation they expected.

The visitor lies on a clear Lexan bed mounted on a stainless steel cabinet with clear panels, then pushes a button that activates a motor that slowly raises the nails through the bed. The nails lift the visitor along with them. Because the visitor's weight is distributed over thousands of different points, there is not enough pressure on any one point to make the nails dangerous. At any time, the visitor may release the control button and be lowered back down. This experience provides a unique and thought-provoking illustration of the physics of pressure.


Interested in purchasing individual exhibits for your project? Please contact Charlie Shaw at
CW Shaw, Inc. at: (727) 528-0333 or cshaw@cwshaw.org