|Project by DaleMaley||posted 01-30-2016 09:25 PM||1256 views||2 times favorited||11 comments|
I saw this neat cam driven hand-cranked automaton on a Youtube video by Al Conquergood.
This thing was so cool, I had to make one for myself.
My biggest challenge was how to make the 4 hens. Al hand-carved his chickens. I am not a hand-carver.
For my chickens, I borrowed a technique from the scroll sawing wold called compound scroll sawing. You mark the pattern on 1 side of the wood block, then mark the other pattern on the other side of the block. You saw one side first, then tape the waste back onto the block. You then saw the 2nd side. When you unwrap the block, presto, you have an object cut in 2 different dimensions. I little touch up sanding on my drill press drum sander, and my chickens were ready to paint.
I wanted a more rustic farm look to my chicken coop, so I used blue milk paint. I did not add any polyurethane on top of the milk paint, because I wanted the faded milk paint look.
There is a total of 6 cams on this chicken coop.
The 6 little eggs were a challenge to make. I made them on the lathe from 1/2” dowel. I sanded a flat for them to rest on, I also drilled a small hole in the flat for a toothpick to hold them while I painted them.
All pieces are common pine, except the 4 doors are maple.
I made a Youtube video of my hen house in action.
If you are interested in my trials & tribulations of building my hen house (and there were several)..........see my woodworking web site.
-- Dale, Illinois, http://dalemaley.webs.com/