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    Hi Neal, Like the movement, very smooth,...

    Hi Neal,

    Like the movement, very smooth, realistic, not jerky, the marquetry is just like a beautiful butterfly. For a beginner, very advanced work ! It is a pity you threw in the towel on the...
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    Thanks very much Peter, are you ok up there ? Gus

    Thanks very much Peter, are you ok up there ?
    Gus
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    Birthday/Christmas Gift

    My grand daughter's birthday presented a small problem, what does one give to a newly minted 13 year old girl who, it seems to me at least, already has everything ? Her tastes change daily for...
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    Thanks very much Neal, and welcome to the forum !...

    Thanks very much Neal, and welcome to the forum ! I would like to see some of your work, especially videos.
    Regards,
    Gus
  5. Nice work Pete ! The detail on the rubber is...

    Nice work Pete ! The detail on the rubber is amazing, how did you do those ?

    Cheers,
    Gus
  6. Thread: The Birds

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    Neil, This forum allows videos to be posted,...

    Neil,
    This forum allows videos to be posted, unlike the Automata forum. There is a limit 7mb I think.
    Gus
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    There is something in the brain which looks at a...

    There is something in the brain which looks at a square gear with disbelief, isn't that so ? But, we know they work. Keep posting progress shots please, looking good so far !
    Gus
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    Nice shape Neal ! I assume this will be also a...

    Nice shape Neal !
    I assume this will be also a push toy ? How do you envisage the mechanism to animate the wings ?
    Gus
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    Thanks Master Keith ! I can use that gauge on my...

    Thanks Master Keith !
    I can use that gauge on my automata work ! :):)

    Regards,
    Gus
  10. Thread: Mini Carving

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    Thanks Claude, The eyes, nose and the head...

    Thanks Claude,
    The eyes, nose and the head itself is not too problematic, it is the tiny mouth and chin detail which never comes out right. The 1/2mm mouth is hopeless, just below the nose. I see...
  11. Thread: Mini Carving

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    Mini Carving

    Hello Carvers !

    I make automata. Some works can be seen on the Automata Forum. All have carved figures which I have refined a bit over the years.
    My question to the forum members,
    Some...
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    Hi Keith, I go away fro three months, and come...

    Hi Keith,

    I go away fro three months, and come back to yet another brilliant build ! It promises to be a really nice, nearly two meter project, thanks, I will be following with interest.
    ...
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    Finally a Video ! Only took three years..... I...

    Finally a Video ! Only took three years..... I forgot that I didn't get around to posting the link to it. Please have the sound turned on. I have renamed it "Ageing Disgracefully"

    Cheers to all,...
  14. Thread: The Woodturner

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    That is very nice work Vern, a good idea well...

    That is very nice work Vern, a good idea well executed, quality build. Please continue with more automata !
    Regards,
    Gus
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    WIP now in recess due to travels, resume August....

    WIP now in recess due to travels, resume August. My thanks to all who followed the process so far !

    Regards,
    Gus
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    WIP - Carriage Mechanisms

    Once the carriage arrives, two mechanisms serve to create the movements of the four characters. The first video is the view from the top and how the characters turn. The other is of the interior of...
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    WIP - Slide mechanics

    There are four characters walking along the beach. The mechanics attached to the slide are the means of control for them. Normally, the platform which serves as the "stage" for subsequent...
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    WIP - Linear movement

    The two pin wheels form the engine of the linear movement for the carriage above. The first video shows them without the arm, the second with, and how the pause is achieved. For other actions to take...
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    Keith, Thanks very much for your comment, always...

    Keith, Thanks very much for your comment, always appreciate your kind comments, especially coming from a master inventor/innovator !

    Regards,
    Gus
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    Hi Peter ! Good to hear from you, thanks for your...

    Hi Peter ! Good to hear from you, thanks for your continuing interest in these fascinating ( for me ) things ! Pity about council cleanups up there, what a waste ! :) Hope all is well with you,...
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    WIP The slide mechanism

    The beach visitors arrive on a platform which slides on a linear mechanism sourced from a discarded printer during a council clean up. These cleanups are a valuable resource for all sorts of...
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    Thank Geoff for you input, much appreciated ! Due...

    Thank Geoff for you input, much appreciated ! Due to the small diameter output gear, and the height of the teeth, only two of the spring windings, the middle two, are in direct contact with the teeth...
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    "A Moment At The Seaside" WIP

    A group of visitors to a beach, spot something in the water.....
    The group stops. The next movements need a few seconds during which the mechanism which makes the group move will pause. The input...
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    " The Occasional Golfer" Automaton

    This automaton, a "selfie" is a depiction of my efforts at this most annoying game ....

    Gus

    https://youtu.be/QPdx5uCADM0
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    Completed, Renamed - "Gift To Humanity" Video

    The video attached, such as it is, tells the story.

    Thanks for looking,
    Gus


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    Thank you for those ideas and concepts !...

    Thank you for those ideas and concepts ! Purchased today a 2HP single bag extractor which will replace existing small, old, Hafco, used on the table saw, and be repurposed to vent a small booth, yet...
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    Dust Extraction for Carving

    Fellow carvers, have you set up a dust extraction system for power carving ? If so, please post photos of the setup,
    Cheers,
    Gus
  28. Thread: Marble elevator!

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    Nice work !

    Nice work !
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    New Project "Gift To The World"

    The sketch attached is probably self evident in the message it is meant to convey.
    As per previous projects, the first job is to carve the character, which in this case will be controlled from the...
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    Very skilled, beautiful work David ! Gus

    Very skilled, beautiful work David !

    Gus
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    New video

    I have posted an improved, longer video on Youtube, since its size is waay over the 7mb limit on the forum.
    (not that sure it is much better than the previously posted)

    Link,

    <style...
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    Thank you Keith, it was a fun thing to make, and...

    Thank you Keith, it was a fun thing to make, and five minutes ago it proved to be a great hit with her, and that is what really counts ! You will be looking for your next project very soon to mate !...
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    WIP - Video

    A short video of the working moneybox,

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    The second trick, put a coin in the drawer and close it. That allows the drawer bottom to release, coin drops to the box floor, retrieved by...
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    Hello Rod, I used Jelutong, not as good as Huon,...

    Hello Rod,
    I used Jelutong, not as good as Huon, but carves and sands very well. Slightly open grain, only noticeable if using a gloss finish.
    I think I have seen that ghoulish hand box,maybe that...
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    I hope it will be a hit Peter. I had to rebook a...

    I hope it will be a hit Peter. I had to rebook a flight and this weekend is the first suitable flight, so I miss it. Was looking forward to going !
    Gus
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    WIP - Final unfinished

    The new box and renewed mechanism is done, prior to painting. this is how it works;

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    Detail of the mechanism,

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    Painting and assembly follows,
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    WIP - Prototype Mechanism

    The hand grabbing the coin mechanism seems to work nicely, but due to differing coin heights, it has been adjusted to take 20c coins only.

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    The drawer bottom is hinged so that it is open...
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    Thank you Bohdan, Is that the voice of one...

    Thank you Bohdan,

    Is that the voice of one who has made one of these, or similar ? I am leaving the hand mods until after the drawer is made. There will be adjustments to the hand as it sits on...
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    WIP - Modified Mechanism

    The short video is how the mechanism works using a cam, which works much better than yesterday's gears.

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    Next, the drawer.

    Thanks for looking,
    Gus
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    WIP - Mechanism Prototype

    Using two gears, one with a number of teeth removed the mechanism does what I wanted. There is drawback though. Once the hand is retracted, the output gear doesn't finish at the exact same position...
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    Thanks Peter, Interesting work. It was heading...

    Thanks Peter,
    Interesting work. It was heading for a fall off the bench towards the end !
    Gus
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    It's big mate, eyes not sharp enough to carve...

    It's big mate, eyes not sharp enough to carve small ones ! Across the palm 55mm wrist to first finger joint 80mm.
    Cheers
    Gus
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    WIP - Tricky Money Box

    This toy will be a present for my 9 year old grand daughter, who told me last week that she likes counting money. This is not an original idea, just a modified and expanded version of one I saw on...
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    James, Thanks very much for your comment ! I...

    James,
    Thanks very much for your comment ! I have seen your caterpillar automaton, I don't think you have that much to learn.....
    Regards,
    Gus
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    Thanks very much Keith for your comments ! Your...

    Thanks very much Keith for your comments ! Your tip re the super gold spray made the trap very effective mate.
    Gus
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    Thanks Peter, They are meant to look like gold...

    Thanks Peter,
    They are meant to look like gold bars, the prize he seeks, never attains, doesn't realise it is a trap....
    Thanks very much for your support and comments,
    Gus
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    Glues will never dry Keith ..... Cheers, Gus

    Glues will never dry Keith .....

    Cheers,
    Gus
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    The Treadmill Video

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    Given the weather today which put a stop to much work in the workshop, I cobbled together this pretty crude video of the work.

    Thanks for watching it despite the quality disclaimer !
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    Hi Peter, thanks mate, the very wet and wild...

    Hi Peter, thanks mate, the very wet and wild weather in Sydney today probably means I can get on with the video.
    Cheers,
    Gus
  50. Keith, thanks for your comments mate ! Gus

    Keith, thanks for your comments mate !
    Gus
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