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Project by ChuckM posted 1592 days ago 2800 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Everyone knows what a Happy Meal is: Burger, Fries, and Coke.

As the sole owner of Charles’s Drive-In, I’m pleased to present the classic Happy Meal to anyone who needs a meal, er, laugh:

Quarter Pound(er), Coke and French ….

Youtube video: http://tinyurl.com/y8qtdr5

If you’re interested in the design bits and pieces, scroll down AFTER you watch the vid.

Design tidbits:

Wood: Walnut and oak

The menu reads:

Burger…$1.25

Flries…..$0.50 (note: the letter ‘l’ is crossed out)

Soda..….$0.25

The crank handle is in the shape of a knife; on the other side of the crank, there’s a handle in the shape of a fork.

The quarter ($0.25) is, of course, a Canadian coin. Go Canada Go!

The slogan under the menu is “We do it all for you!” – the one MacDonald’s used back in the 70s.

Charles’s Drive-In, based on my Google search, doesn’t exist; I have no intention of opening one any time soon.

Total project hours: Roughly 6 hours.

Credits: This automaton idea is adapted from a toy (not an-automaton) owned by Bob Phillips of M.O. which I saw at the Kansas City Woodworking Show recently.

-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted





11 comments so far

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Justin

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#1 posted 1592 days ago

love it!

-- I'm into rough carpentry, are you?

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lew

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#2 posted 1592 days ago

That’s really cool! I love automata stuff. Made a few thing but never anything this clever. These guys have some neat stuff

http://www.flying-pig.co.uk/index.php

http://www.automatashop.co.uk/search.asp?types=yes&type=Automata

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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woodworm

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#3 posted 1592 days ago

This is fun project, nicely done!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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rwyoung

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#4 posted 1592 days ago

Neato!

-- Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.

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clieb91

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#5 posted 1592 days ago

Pretty fun. Nice work.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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JenWoodworking

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#6 posted 1592 days ago

Cute, love little jokes like this one.

-- Jen loves wood!

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Bricofleur

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#7 posted 1591 days ago

Very pretty. I couldn’t expect less from you. A rare-earth magnet involved I believe?

Walnut? I recognize your signature.

Does any one’s up for the challenge of making this one I saw lately on YouTube? (please, full screen)

Best,

Serge

http://www.atelierdubricoleur.spaces.live.com

-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. -- http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

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ChuckM

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#8 posted 1591 days ago

Serge, I wouldn’t even touch that with a 10-foot pole!

But I do plan to make this ‘Automata Maker:’

http://www.wandasowry.co.uk/

(click on Demonstrations and then on the picture to see the motion)

Magnets? That’s a spoiler. Haha.

-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted

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Wanda Sowry

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#9 posted 1591 days ago

Hey Chuck, are you going to make me? My wooden hair is plaited at the back.

-- Wanda Sowry Automata Maker www.wandasowry.com

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ChuckM

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#10 posted 1591 days ago

Good morning (?) Wanda,

My carving skill is not good at all and I’d rather not risk ruining your look … my design has a woodturner there and the name of my piece will be “You turn, I turn.”

-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted

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Wanda Sowry

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#11 posted 1591 days ago

EEK, I’ve spent to long on lumberjocks and I’m not even a jock. I need to write a CV before bed time and it’d 11pm. I don’t carve, tis all sanded on my axminster mini belt and disk sander. glue, sand, cut, glue, sand a bit more!
Bye, speak soon, W

-- Wanda Sowry Automata Maker www.wandasowry.com

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