|Project by Peter Brown||posted 01-26-2015 05:28 PM||1071 views||4 times favorited||4 comments|
A zoetrope is an animation toy that literally translates to “life turning.” While I had many challenges on this build, I have to say is it easily one of my favorite creations. I have a particular fondness for toys….
In order to make it, I needed 8 slits in the top. I devised many solutions for cutting these, but none seemed really practical to get 8 evenly cut slits. That was until I realized I could easily cut them on the radial arm saw.
After the cuts were made it was off the the lathe, after a quick stop at the band saw to knock off the corners. My main worry was that the wedges would de-lamiate from the block due to the turning. I took very light cuts with the bowl gouge and tried my best to not get a catch.
Hollowing was done with a square nose scraper, again to reduce the possibility of catches. It was slow going but after about 20 minutes I had it hollowed out and the walls as thin as I was willing to go.
I used BLO for the finish. Most zoetropes are painted black on the outside to draw your eye to the animation. I really wanted to avoid that, and so I tried to just darken the wood a bit…
The zoetrope works really well and you can find lots of different animation strips online. You also can make your own if you have the skill!
-- Peter Brown - Collector of WD-40 and wood splinters