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First attempt at Automata

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I saw a post from someone here not long ago regarding Automata.. Wooden machines…
I had never really heard of this, but it is right up my alley! WOW there are some complex machines out there!

So this is a first attempt at automata. Fairly simple, and fairly crude, but it works :)
No tape measures or precision engineering involved, everything eyeballed.. parts being 1/4” dowels or cut from 1x pine with a band saw, drilled with a hand held drill. Didn’t have any green paint around so rubbed the wood with leaves of Violet flowers (found in the yard) which worked pretty well.

Pretty addicting little project making it work and all :)

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#1 posted 07-02-2013 12:26 AM

Love the movement on this little critter! Very nice for a first attempt.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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rfusca

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#2 posted 07-02-2013 12:27 AM

Wow, great movement. Very nice! And awesome about the ‘paint’.

-- Chris S., North Atlanta, GA - woodworker,DBA, cook, photographer

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#3 posted 07-02-2013 01:29 AM

Nice job. Good idea. Look easy and i┬Ętry to copy. Is one in my “to do” list. Thank for share

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

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#4 posted 07-02-2013 01:34 AM

That’s funny, green inch worm.

-- Tom D

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#5 posted 07-02-2013 02:10 AM

I like it. Too bad I don’t have a young’un to make on for.

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#6 posted 07-02-2013 02:13 AM

Love Automata! This is great! There’s a lot to be said about simple, as in KISS or “Keep It Simple Silly!” Well done and thanks for sharing!

-- God bless, Candy

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#7 posted 07-02-2013 05:45 AM

That is just toooooo cute!

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#8 posted 07-02-2013 07:18 AM

Looks good, nice work.

I have been thinking about these automated projects for a few months, after seeing yours I should get to work.

Inspirational

Regards

Robert Brennan

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#9 posted 07-02-2013 11:57 AM

Cool I will have to try it now.

-- I have to remember this is a hobby..

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#10 posted 07-02-2013 02:42 PM

Hi, that turned out great. Cool project.

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#11 posted 07-02-2013 03:23 PM

Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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#12 posted 07-02-2013 07:05 PM

Darn it, I am like suburbandon with nobody to make one for. It is so cool.

Steve.

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#13 posted 07-02-2013 10:12 PM

Very cool.. I’m gonna rip this one off.. I have a niece that would love one of these..

-- Jeremy M. Reid Woodworking

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#14 posted 07-02-2013 11:14 PM

Charming…

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#15 posted 07-03-2013 01:44 AM

Andrew, Welcome To LumberJocks. Great first Automata. What a cool way to dye the wood.

CtL

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

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