Wooden Gear Iris

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Project by chucko posted 02-18-2011 03:21 AM 39470 views 45 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I found a wooden Iris on the internet; it had levers not gears to make it rotate. I always wanted to make wooden gears, I found a gear making program on the Net to make the gear patterns. The name of the program is called Gear Maker, it works very well. The acorn is made of wood and painted gold.This Iris was cut on a CNC router. The design was created on Aspire CAD software.

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#1 posted 02-18-2011 03:41 AM

What is the address for the Gear Maker SW you used? Very nicely done. It would make a great window for a “Hobbit” house I think, or a really large camera ! LOL
I’m sure you have already seen Matthias Wandel's site for making gears:
Now you have my interest up: I just found this video of one operating.


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#2 posted 02-18-2011 03:57 AM

That is one of the coolest things ever!

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#3 posted 02-18-2011 04:01 AM

great work even though its cnc work its still great

thankĀ“s for sharing and welcome to L J enjoy and have fun

take care

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#4 posted 02-18-2011 04:16 AM

It is beautiful; I like it. What did you use to cut those gears, scroll saw or CNC laser? You really did a fantastic job!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#5 posted 02-18-2011 04:50 AM

You’ve seen Alien right? There are doors/dampers in the ductwork on the space ship they are on are just like that. Right before the alien kills everybody on the ship.

Very cool.

Now I have to watch that movie this weekend.

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#6 posted 02-18-2011 05:04 AM


-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#7 posted 02-18-2011 06:08 AM

Now i wana see the camera that goes in! ;)

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#8 posted 02-18-2011 07:54 AM

Neat!! Now, if you had some glass plate negatives :-)) Welcome to LJ!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#9 posted 02-18-2011 09:15 AM

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#10 posted 02-18-2011 08:24 PM

This is a REALLY cool project!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#11 posted 02-19-2011 06:05 AM

Very cool. Almost steampunk – could be the port window on the Nautilus.

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#12 posted 02-19-2011 04:28 PM

Very cool! To me, it looks like you have made an extremely cool picture frame. Just need to find the right picture to put in it…

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#13 posted 02-20-2011 09:02 PM

Heh, seems I’m not the only one to have plans for building wooden irises. Yours is really neat, steampunk as mcjibbin said.

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#14 posted 10-29-2015 12:15 AM

I’m brand new to LJ, but projects like this leave me in awe and makes me nervous about posting any of my novice…VERY NICE WORK MAN!

-- Only the dead have seen the end of war ~PLATO

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