Pop-up Flowers

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Project by Dean posted 12-08-2008 05:27 AM 1491 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Turn the handle and the flowers take turns popping up.

I made this for mom. The handle rotates an eccentric axle, that moves left and right side levers up and down, which push the flowers up and down. No plans, just started building and experimenting and was really pleased that it actually works!

I gave it a very light stain with watercolors, and since it sits in the sun most of the time is has faded quite a bit. I think I like the “half-way” colors, when it had faded a little but not this much.

Mom likes it well enough, but the grandkids give it a real workout. It hasn’t broken yet!


-- "Skol, Vikings"

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#1 posted 12-08-2008 05:53 AM

Very fun! You could make all sorts of animals and things with this idea. Can you show us some inside photos?

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#2 posted 12-08-2008 08:29 AM

thats awesome!

thats gotta be one of the cleverest things on this site

were you a mechanic or something before you were a wood worker?

-- BRODY. NSW AUSTRALIA -arguments with turnings are rarely productive-

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#3 posted 12-08-2008 08:37 AM

@mmh – No photos of the inside, I didn’t think to take any! Sorry about that! Basically the center wheel has an axle on it with an elliptical piece fitted off-center on the axle. There are two more axles, left and right. The two axles each have a flat piece of wood attached – which support two flowers each. The elliptical piece rotates under the center lip of the flat pieces, pushing them up and down.
Wow, I just read what I wrote and I’m sure I only made it worse! Good luck!

@Broda – thanks for the kind words, and yes I was an autobody mechanic for many years. I could just kind of “see it” in my head and fiddled around with it until it worked.
The nice part was it was only small pieces of scrap wood, so no big deal if I messed up a part.

Thanks, Dean.

-- "Skol, Vikings"

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#4 posted 12-08-2008 05:34 PM

What a cute project.I like it.

-- Dustygirl..Hastings,Ontario.. How much wood can 1 gal chuck if 1 gal can't cut wood?

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#5 posted 12-08-2008 07:59 PM

that’s really fun!
I like the animal idea—I can see a bee or a hummingbird flying up and down with the flowers.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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