Begging Monkey Automata

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Project by DayspringMission posted 01-07-2014 08:50 AM 2752 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I used an old news paper pattern from 1920’s for this. The motion is not as fluid as I would like (the original was designed to be made of paper, where mine is wood). When his tail is pushed down both hands and his head lift up. I also had to enlarge the head as the one in the original pattern was way too small.

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#1 posted 01-07-2014 01:49 PM

Very Cool. Love seeing these. If you don’t mind may have to borrow.


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

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#3 posted 01-07-2014 02:52 PM

Nice idea. Some places are running through my mind in which I would place it.

-- Eli Adamit, Israel

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#4 posted 01-07-2014 03:10 PM

Nice work. Any chance you can put up a link to a video? How about adding a photo of the back with the mechanism?

If anyone is interested, the pattern for this and many more can be found at Give it time to load and they may be large graphics files. Takes a while for my system.

I keep meaning to make the moving Santa as an animated yard art for Christmas.

-- 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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#5 posted 01-07-2014 03:57 PM

Boy, I need to make one of those to go next to my street organ! Nice work.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#6 posted 01-07-2014 06:00 PM

Thanks for the nice comments. I would be glad to post a picture of the back, however, it will take me a few weeks. I serve as a missionary deep in the bush of West Africa, and only have access to the internet when I come into town to resupply.

One thing that I would change from my first design would be to use small dowels ( or bamboo skewers) instead of nails. This should make it move a little smother.

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#7 posted 01-07-2014 08:22 PM

Cute lil monkey! Thanks for sharing Professor, both here and in the jungle!

-- God bless, Candy

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