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Project by johnhutchinson posted 223 days ago 1305 views 9 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve always enjoyed animated wooden toys, and wooden musical instruments, so I decided to combine the two interests in a xylophone-playing spider—aka XyloSpider. Somewhere along the way it got totally out of hand.

And then a new fascination with stop-action videos led to … https://vimeo.com/78777697

All in all it was a dirty job, but somebody had to do it.

-John Hutchinson

PS—No spiders were harmed in the making of the video

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 223 days ago

Wow that is cool and fun ,thumbs up.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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johnhutchinson

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#2 posted 223 days ago

Thanks, James. I thought I’d let it all hang out for my first project on LumberJocks.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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aussiedave

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#3 posted 223 days ago

What a great idea and toy John..very cool.
Is there a crank shaft or cam setup underneath to raise and lower the legs to strike the keys?
Welcome to Lumberjocks.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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maplerock

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#4 posted 223 days ago

Holy cow John! That is amazing.

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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johnhutchinson

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#5 posted 223 days ago

Thanks, guys. There are two counter-rotating drive shafts under the “hood”, with cams lifters for the hat and cane, and pin lifters for the legs. The pin lifters were suggested to me by automata guru (and buddy) Dug North. The pins lift the legs to vertical, and then drop them on the xylophone plates. It’s the same mechanism that’s used with clock chimes. Dug also happens to be an expert clock maker/restorer. Not a bad friend to have. :)

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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luv2learn

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#6 posted 223 days ago

John, that is the coolest toy I have seen in a while. I have read your bio. and you certainly are a talented guy. We are glad that you have decided to be a part of this great group of folks.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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woodshaver

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#7 posted 223 days ago

Fantastic looking and Cool to see it working in the video. Thanks for sharing and Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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doubleDD

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#8 posted 223 days ago

Another awesome project. Somebody had to do it and you did it work well.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#9 posted 223 days ago

Fantastic! Thanks for the video link, absoultely incredible in action!

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#10 posted 223 days ago

Amazing

-- Robert in middle TN

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#11 posted 223 days ago

How fun John!! Just wish the video included sound of the spider. Are the ‘keys’ different tones? Automata/automaton builds are so much fun to watch and figure out how they do what they do. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#12 posted 223 days ago

Wow, great build. Great video too. Nicely done John.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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johnhutchinson

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#13 posted 223 days ago

To answer Candy’s questions …
1. I’m making another video with the spider playing some tunes. Should be out soon.
2. I purchased the xylophone bars from Rockler. http://www.rockler.com/8-bar-xylophone-bars
I’ve posted a picture of the plates that I “borrowed” from their website! Ironically, they chose to display them on my Cricket Xylophone, the first project that I published with Woodworker’s Journal in 1998.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#14 posted 223 days ago

That’s awesome! Did you design it yourself? Could you post pictures of the underside?

-- Julian

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johnhutchinson

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#15 posted 223 days ago

Thanks, Julian. I did design it with a little help from my CAD software. As an architect, I’ve been running AutoCAD since its birth, so I can model the components, check the relationships, and animate it before I head out to the shop.
I’d like to show you the “guts”, but the project’s scheduled for publication in 2014 and I don’t think my editor would be pleased if I spilled the beans. :)

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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