Hungry Bird VS Angry Dog Automata

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Project by woodpezzer posted 06-20-2013 07:10 PM 3450 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my take on Automata Designer Dug North’s “Unwelcome Dinner Guest”. Plans are in a special edition magazine called Gizmos and Gadgets available at Fox Chapel Publishing.

Instructions are detailed with lots of photos and made building this automata surprisingly easy. My local store didn’t have the required mini wooden bowling pin or proper sized egg so I improvised and created my own bird and dog –a Scottie.

A lot of scraps were used for this project. About 18 species of exotic and domestic woods: Ancient Kauri, Padauk, Bloodwood, Canarywood, Ebony, Bird’s Eye Maple, Yellow wood, Walnut, Oak, Cherry, Poplar, Hard Maple, Birch, Sycamore, Cocobolo, Cedar, Bubinga and one unknown species. Roughly 12H X 5 1/2D X 13w (with crank)

Automatas are so much fun to build. Now that I’ve made a couple (check my project page for my take on Puffins designed by fellow LJ, Wanda Sowry) it’s time to try a design of my own creation.

Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 06-20-2013 09:25 PM

You have done well on both of these. I could see this becoming an obsession once you know how.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 06-20-2013 11:25 PM

Hi there Monte! Thanks so much. You’re right, it’s almost as addictive as box and spoon making!

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#3 posted 06-24-2013 02:07 PM

Wow! These adorable machines are awesome, great design and execution. Always fun to watch them. Great work!

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#4 posted 06-24-2013 02:13 PM

I’ve always liked these autamata projects. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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