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MechaniCoasters - tabletop kinetic sculptures

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Project by Derek Hugger posted 04-23-2020 11:40 PM 1341 views 10 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are mini tabletop kinetic sculptures that I call “MechaniCoasters”. There are several different designs: gears, planetary gears, a spiral spring ratchet, and a swirl pattern. These coasters are stackable and add some fun to putting down a drink. A video of them in action as well as woodworking plans – if you’d like to build your own – are available on my website – www.derekhugger.com

-Derek





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NotaJock

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#1 posted 04-24-2020 12:01 AM

Your sculptures are delightful, quite ingenious.
The idea that these are easy to build suggests that you have an NC machine of some sort.
Trying to build most of these with a sabre saw or worse yet a jig saw would be a ral challenge, I suspect.
None the less, Bravo for using your head/

-- Mike in SoCal, now East Texas

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#2 posted 04-24-2020 12:15 AM

pretty cool but as mike said without a cnc or lazer to cut parts,forget it.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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Derek Hugger

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#3 posted 04-24-2020 12:32 AM

Thanks guys. You’re absolutely right that these would be a challenge using a saber saw or jig saw. Those are definitely not the right tools for the job. However, I would respectfully disagree that a CNC or laser cutter is required for a quality job. The work that many people do with scroll saws is far more complex and intricate than the shapes in my sculptures. I’ve received tons of photos and videos from people who have built my more complex pieces by hand (like the hummingbird and turtle organic motion sculptures), so these simple shapes in the coasters would be quite easy. I’ve personally built several mechanical wooden clocks by hand too (using a scroll saw and bandsaw), so I can confidently say from personal experience that it’s not difficult; it just takes a little more time and patience.

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#4 posted 04-24-2020 12:37 AM

i stand corrected derek your right ive seen many very intricate scroll saw designs done here,what i meant to say was there’s no way in hell id do it without a cnc or lazer-lol.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#5 posted 04-24-2020 12:43 AM

Nice. You have some truly bonkers stuff on your site.

-- -Steven Peck, http://www.blkmtn.org

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#6 posted 04-24-2020 02:28 AM

Very clever… but while I was playing with them all, my drink would be sitting naked atop the table :)
Really a fun idea though. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#7 posted 04-24-2020 05:45 AM

Very unique. Nice precision work. Got my vote for Top 3 ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 04-24-2020 02:38 PM

I’m with Swirt, the glass will be place directly on the table while the drinker plays with the coaster 8^)

You have created a way to end all mingling and conversation at any party! (nice!)

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#9 posted 04-24-2020 04:45 PM

Won’t find a more fun coaster anywhere!

Well – except maybe a roller coaster :)

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#10 posted 04-24-2020 06:01 PM

Absurd genius! These are amazing fun! Great idea.

-- Seems that talent only gets you so far... effort makes you successful.

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#11 posted 04-24-2020 06:05 PM

great!

-- The only thing not measured in my shop is time

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#12 posted 04-24-2020 06:58 PM

These are really cool. Well done.

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#13 posted 04-24-2020 08:24 PM

Hip hip hooray! Congrats on the Top 3.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#14 posted 04-25-2020 05:10 AM

I’m in I’ve always wanted to make gears on the scroll saw, this gives me a reason to fix my scroll saw

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