Wooden Gear Iris

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Project by chucko posted 1254 days ago 9628 views 38 times favorited 13 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 1254 days ago

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 1254 days ago

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 1254 days ago

great work even though its cnc work its still great

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

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#4 posted 1254 days ago

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 1254 days ago

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 1254 days ago


-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#7 posted 1254 days ago

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

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

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#8 posted 1254 days ago

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

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

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#10 posted 1253 days ago

This is a REALLY cool project!

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

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#11 posted 1253 days ago

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

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#12 posted 1253 days ago

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…

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#13 posted 1251 days ago

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

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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