I call it.... "How my brain works"

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Project by tinman_362 posted 01-12-2012 11:19 PM 2224 views 10 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was in my head so I had to see if I could make it. I call it “How my brain works” I uploaded a link to the video of how it works, hopefully it was successful.

Here is the link.

I turned the people out of Juniper. The box and Wheels are Cherry and the pistons are oak. All of the wood was scrap. This was a fun project. The people were all painted with food coloring. I spray painted the wheels and stained all the pistons a different stain. The arms and legs were wooden beads that I had in my shop.

After some research on toys with gears I found that these toys are actually called Automata. I think I might try my hand at a more difficult one in the future. They have peaked an interest in me. Hope you enjoy.

Any feedback is appreciated.

Thank you

-- Robert: Life is all about the stories ~

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#1 posted 01-12-2012 11:55 PM

I have seen these before, some more elaborate, others not quite so. This is very cool I wish you had made a video of how it worked.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#2 posted 01-13-2012 02:25 AM

We have a few young grandchildren how would enjoy this. thanks for the idea!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#3 posted 01-13-2012 04:49 AM

This was cool to watch him make.. Its very TIM “Burton’ish” After seeing some of the extremely elaborate designs on some other sites its easy to see how this could become addictive. Very cool idea especially since he’d never herd of automata before this…

-- "The temptation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to succeed." ~Chinese Proverb~

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#4 posted 01-13-2012 07:09 AM

This is a down right cool toy.well done.

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 01-13-2012 03:30 PM

And fun looking too. Whimsical.
I know how the brain thing works. I am not always in control of mine either.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 01-13-2012 04:33 PM

You could be on a very slippery slope, these can get very elaborate as you have found out, hope you have
fun with this version of woodworking. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 76 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#7 posted 01-13-2012 05:43 PM

I like how your brain works.
Wish I knew how mine does.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#8 posted 01-14-2012 04:57 AM

Robert, Looks pretty cool. Good video seems to work well. I am actually in the process of finishing up my first Automata as well. A lot of fun to build.


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

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#9 posted 02-03-2012 04:31 AM

You got my vote. If I was a kid, I would want to play with this. Great toy.

-- "Take extra care not to lose what you feel" (Winwood/Capaldi/Wood)

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#10 posted 03-10-2012 04:46 PM

very nice toy i like it

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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