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Project by revwarguy posted 03-14-2013 08:33 PM 3480 views 20 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is an Orrery (a mechanical model of the solar system). You turn the crank a full rotation and the earth moves one season, and all the other planets move in the correct relation to their orbits. Four turns and the earth moves one year.

Fun project and sparks some fun conversation when company visits.

More at www.liming.org/orrery if you are curious.

-- "72.6 per cent of all statistics are made up on the spot." - Steven Wright





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#1 posted 03-14-2013 08:45 PM

Looks very interesting All the details around the sides just the cherry on top
I’ve a wooden geared project on the go, Galileo’s Bicycle.
What size is this?
Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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revwarguy

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#2 posted 03-14-2013 08:58 PM

That top ring is 20 inches diameter.

I bought the plans to Galileo’s bicycle as well. Got about 1/2 done and then got distracted.
But then, I’m easily distracted.

-- "72.6 per cent of all statistics are made up on the spot." - Steven Wright

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#3 posted 03-14-2013 08:59 PM

Nice work. Did you make this from scratch or does it come in a kit. Either way, you did a very nice job of it.

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#4 posted 03-14-2013 09:01 PM

Did you make this from scratch or does it come in a kit.

Kind of plans based. The plans for the mechanism I bought from Clayton Boyer. The case design came from John Rowley of 18th century London. See the website for more info about it.

-- "72.6 per cent of all statistics are made up on the spot." - Steven Wright

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#5 posted 03-14-2013 09:11 PM

That is spectacular.

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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#6 posted 03-14-2013 09:15 PM

hi very interesting great work how long did it take you to come-plate i love it

branch

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#7 posted 03-14-2013 09:22 PM

Great work! IĆ­mpressed whit the wood movement.

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#8 posted 03-14-2013 09:42 PM

Obviously a lot of thought went into the planning of the very well executed project, congratulations on completing it!

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#9 posted 03-14-2013 09:46 PM

how long did it take you to come-plate

In elapsed time about 4-5 weeks. The number of hours I actually spent on it was probably 40-50.

-- "72.6 per cent of all statistics are made up on the spot." - Steven Wright

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#10 posted 03-14-2013 10:17 PM

Very nice result and an interesting machine as well.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 03-14-2013 10:25 PM

I would like to see it in action. Do you have a video?

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#12 posted 03-14-2013 10:41 PM

I’ve got all the templates cut for Galileo’s bicycle in MDFas I want to do
the final cuts with the router, I a CNC built which would be good for gear cutting
but I cant yet get the hang of the software. Still lots to learn.
jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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revwarguy

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#13 posted 03-14-2013 10:51 PM

I would like to see it in action. Do you have a video?

Yes, its on the last page of the website, down at the bottom.

Thanks everyone for the nice words. It was a satisfying project.

-- "72.6 per cent of all statistics are made up on the spot." - Steven Wright

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#14 posted 03-14-2013 11:07 PM

http://www.liming.org/orrery/

Very interesting to see it in action

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#15 posted 03-14-2013 11:48 PM

I am very impressed. That is extremely cool. If you ever wish to sell it I think it would bring a very tidy price. As I understand it, there’s a small market for antique/repro orreries, but the intricacy and precision work needed make them very expensive.

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