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Monkey Eating a Banana - Automata

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Project by BaboonCove posted 01-06-2014 03:48 PM 1945 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was copied from a kit that is sold in the UK @ http://www.timberkits.com . But I think they copied it or got the idea from a 1921 newspaper automaton.

Link to short video – http://www.flickr.com/photos/babooncove/9158526922/in/photostream





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ToyMakingDad

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#1 posted 01-06-2014 04:48 PM

I really like it and the texture that you added to the monkey’s fur. Really fun, really friendly.
What kind of wood is it made from?

Your monkey is way friendlier looking than my “creepy” climbing monkey. (Although… he is a sharp dresser just like your tricycle riding monkey toy.)

-- Toy Making Dad, Northern Virginia, http://toymakingdad.blogspot.com

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BaboonCove

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#2 posted 01-06-2014 05:40 PM

ToyMakingDad,

I used 1/8 paneling and used a dremel tool to add the texture. Is your climbing monkey patterned after the old tin one? I just bought a tin monkey off eBay to see about copying it in wood. I would love to see more pictures of yours.

One of my pet monkeys is a sharp dresser too –

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ToyMakingDad

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#3 posted 01-06-2014 08:46 PM

Cause every girl’s crazy ‘bout a sharped dressed man.” – ZZ Top.

I got the plans for my climbing monkey for a book called – “Making Moving Toys: 30 Quick and Easy Projects to Make” by Pipa and Ian Howes. In the book, it referenced turn of the century German tin toys and that it was based on one of those.

Here is a clip of him in action:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5q0acqVSY78#action=share

And the two blog posts about him… several years apart :)

http://toymakingdad.blogspot.com/2013/06/fixing-climbing-monkey-toy.html

http://toymakingdad.blogspot.com/2013/06/fixing-climbing-monkey-toy.html

I think that the nylon string he climbis may not provide enough friction and that is why he doesn’t climb as fast as I’d expect. I need to go back and tweak him… now that he works.

-- Toy Making Dad, Northern Virginia, http://toymakingdad.blogspot.com

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BaboonCove

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#4 posted 01-06-2014 10:15 PM

ToyMakingDad,

Thanks, for the links. I wonder if a spring would work better than the rubber? I’ll for sure give this toy a try very soon.

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#5 posted 01-07-2014 05:26 AM

Monkey eating a banana, everybody needs one. Next a monkey riding a dog. Very fun project

-- Trees, a wonderful gift --Joe--

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#6 posted 01-07-2014 05:58 PM

If anyone is interested, similar patterns can be found at http://www.barnaclepress.com/comics/Papercraft/ Give it time to load and they may be large graphics files. Takes a while for my system.

-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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