Automated Dancing Giraffe Girlz

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Project by trasner posted 10-15-2015 07:31 PM 1341 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My brother and wife are having their first child, a girl, so I needed to make something special. This lamp with the dancing giraffes is the result. Now, before anyone gives me an “atta boy” or a slap on the back, I must say that I did not design this little marvel. It is from the John Hutchinson collection. John is having this published in an upcoming Woodcraft Magazine so he asked me to test out the build. I made very few changes except wood type, lamp shade, and I used iron on fabric for the giraffes (wanted pink spots and I don’t paint). The Giraffe necks and head move by 1/8” brass rods inserted perpendicular into necks which are actuated by the 1/8” rotating rods moving up and down on the double cam.

You can see a quick demo on the video below:

Thanks for looking.

-- Todd

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#1 posted 10-15-2015 08:43 PM

All your lamps are so cool and this one it just sooo cute!

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#2 posted 10-15-2015 09:23 PM

FANTASTIC, Todd !!! You da uncle.

The part I like best is that you took something I started and made it yours.
And for that you get two atta boys and slaps on the back.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#3 posted 10-15-2015 11:44 PM

Very cool build Todd, yes I recognized the wood, I had fun making it and then was stumped what to do with it. My wife loved the cute animation.

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#4 posted 10-16-2015 04:36 AM

Way to go, Uncle Todd! Do the eyes move? You’re gonna be one of those uncles that spoils the nieces and nephews, aren’t you? Carry on!

-- God bless, Candy

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#5 posted 10-16-2015 08:58 AM


Besides how cool this whole contraption is, you have given me the idea of iron on fabric. Thank you for that!

Super lamp.

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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#6 posted 10-16-2015 11:59 PM

Well, this lamp is way cool! The young niece is going to watch that thing for hours!

(I kinda enjoyed watching it, myself….....!)

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#7 posted 10-17-2015 11:29 AM

Special it is! I know she will be a very happy little girl to have this dancing giraffe lamp! Excellent work! Congratulations Uncle!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#8 posted 10-17-2015 12:48 PM

That is a wonderful project for a child’s room.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#9 posted 10-17-2015 07:07 PM

You realy done a great project. The same as John’s projects.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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