Dynamo Men

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Project by DaleMaley posted 12-01-2016 07:32 PM 1064 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

John Hutchinson’s design for the Dynamo Men lamp is in the Dec/Jan issue of Woodcraft magazine. I went to John’s web site and ordered the parts kit to build one model. The web site to order the parts kit is here.

John posted about doing this article on this web site here.

John chose to use painted gears on his model. I chose to add color to the model by using natural colors of woods. I am not a big fan of painting my models, and therefore don’t have much experience with this type of painting.

The pants are purple heart, the left hand man has a yellow heart upper body, the the RH man has a padauk upper body. The base box and base plate are maple.

I used 3/16” thick Luan to make the gears (2 pieces glued together to give a 3/8” thickness). I used 1/4” thick Baltic Birch for the round gear hubs.

The design does not really spell out how to make the back piece removable… I made my back piece removable by having it press against a couple of 3/8×3/8” thick pieces, then 2 screws into those pieces.

I also ordered the special light bulb with a mirror on the top half of the bulb from Amazon. This bulb directs all the light downwards versus upwards.

I made a Youtube video of my model in action….....

My video is not the greatest, I probably should have put a black sheet behind it to cut down on the lamp glare ,but I don’t have one :)

You can see my Trials & Tribulations of building this model at my woodworking web site.

On my web site, I give all the links to getting the plans and parts kit from John’s web site.

This was a fun one to build :)


-- Dale, Illinois,

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#1 posted 12-01-2016 07:56 PM

Excellent work, well done. Very good mechanisam and motion.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 12-01-2016 11:33 PM

Love seeing the Dynamo Men in action!

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

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#3 posted 12-02-2016 12:03 AM

Well done. ...this is on my list of projects to do in January.

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#4 posted 12-02-2016 12:26 AM

Cool project, love stuff like this.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 12-02-2016 12:47 AM

Johns website? I had trouble finding can you give me address please. Thx Great work I love this.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 12-02-2016 05:48 PM

I love this project. Nice work!

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 12-02-2016 08:52 PM


I love this project. Nice work!

helluvawreck aka Charles

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-- Dale, Illinois,

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