Bark and Wag

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Project by Batmansllama posted 03-04-2014 03:43 AM 1950 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I think automata may become my new favorite thing, but I need to start small and simple. So, this is my first, a dog whose tail wags back and forth, while he barks at a cat that jumps and spins on a fence. I used just scrap wood I had laying around, just to see if I could make it work. I dont know how to add video, not really with the times yet, but I think you can get the idea. Thanks for checking it out, I would love feedback and advice if anyone has done many of these :)

-- Batmansllama

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#1 posted 03-04-2014 01:16 PM

Very Nice.

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#2 posted 03-04-2014 03:43 PM

Thats cool..I have wanted to try and make one of these too!


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#3 posted 03-04-2014 05:39 PM

Yup, need to make this for the kids … grand kids that is!

Very nice and straight forward!

-- "Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored." -- Aldous Huxley

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#4 posted 03-04-2014 08:28 PM

Nice first build. I love working on automatons and hope to get some time in the future to make one or two more


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

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#5 posted 03-05-2014 12:20 AM

My advice is to learn how to do videos :) I’m learning about automata myself and any comments about what you’ve learned and things that happened during the build – good or bad – would be most excellent.

Thanks for sharing and please do more!

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#6 posted 03-05-2014 01:18 AM

That is great advice Doe! I will :) This project was pretty easy and straight forward (as I’m sure you can tell) The only problems I ran into was I attached the handle with only a single nail, thinking the action on the movement was smooth and it didn’t need any more than that, but really it does. I think a screw would work, but really sinking the dowel into the handle with glue would be best. Also I would say if you’re going to paint, do so before the final assembly, it is really tough getting all the tight/moving parts. And now that Im thinking about it, the holes for the small dowels making the movements needs to be straight up and down, there is a slight angle on the one making the dog bark, and I ended up having to make the hole bigger so it would move smoothly. Hope that helps! and kinda hope it doesnt make me look like a totally idiot lol

-- Batmansllama

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#7 posted 03-05-2014 10:03 AM

Nope, you’re not an idiot. That was very helpful information. I can get all kinds of information from people who do spectacular automata, but they don’t have the issues that a newbie like me would have. For example, I cut out a bunch of cams and then tried to drill the holes at the drill press. Painful. And the holes ended up not quite round and too big. I need to do them again but drill the holes first.

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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