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This is something I put together for the Holiday 2014 issue of Scroll Saw Woodworking and Crafts. I skipped Thanksgiving and went directly to Christmas. A little early, but why not? A lot of the stores around here are lumping Halloween/Thanksgiving/Christmas into a single marketing blitz.

Not only do the angels do their thing, it plays Hark! The Herald Angels Sing. What else?

The photo and the video …
... were made by my good friend Will Kanzeg, the staff photographer/videographer for Woodpeckers Woodworking in Cleveland. He donated nine hours of his time on a Sunday, and that's probably the nicest Christmas present I'll receive this year.

Bless you, Will.

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Great job! An obvious labor of love. Congratulations on perfecting all of the details.
 

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Thanks, John.
I thought I was doing pretty good with my homemade photos and videos. Not any more. :(
 

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One more note about "a labor of love". If you look closely at the video, you'll see that the right side of the stairway isn't in place in the front view. We left if off because we were shooting both sides simultaneously. When Will shot the still photo, I forgot to attach it, and I kicked myself for the next few days for "blowing the shoot". But when he sent me the proof, the right side magically appeared-he added it pixel by pixel in Photoshop.

HE DA MAN !!!
 

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Very cool project John. I will keep an eye out for that magazine.

CtL
 

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Never to early to prepare for Holidays. Incredible project, wonderful colours!
 

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You sure have a few moving parts John. Great work in the assembly. Is there any way to make it battery operated ?
 

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Dave: When YOU make YOURS, YOU can make it battery operated. :)
Good luck !!!
The plans are in the magazine.
 

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Nicely done, John, for a boy! Really looking forward to getting the magazine. Probably should start with a simpler automata for my first…we'll see. The video showing the action inside is great. Thanks for sharing.
 

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Lol John. The guts inside that are more complicated than my own. I just thought after building something as cool as that I could sit back and watch it instead of exerting more energy.
 

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Candy: No points. I saw that one coming a mile away.

BTW, automaton is the singular form of automata. I thought all girls knew that.
Soooo … you should probably start with a simpler automaton for your first. :)

I'll send you a signed copy of the magazine when it comes out in mid-October. And at least two more of my projects will be showing up next year. We'll make it a tradition.
 

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The guts inside are more complicated than my own.

- doubleDD
Now that you mention it, Dave, it does look like a bunch of black intestines.
Thanks for pointing that out … I guess. :)
 

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Great work on this John. I know the kids will just love it and I like that they will be able to participate with cranking. It should be a great hit. Will the makers of your plan have to make their own music mechanism or will that be for sale?
 

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Mike: Thanks for the kind words, and good question about the musical movement.

I thought that with all the hand-cranked musical movements out there, I could easily find one that plays Hark! The Herald Angels Sing. That wasn't the case, so I asked a manufacturer in China if they could custom make one for me. After a number of back-and-forth emails, they agreed to make it with the stipulation that I place an order for 50. So now I have 49 left and I'm selling them in conjunction with the article for $15/each postpaid to any address in the continental United States.

Shipping to Norway might be extra. :)

The rest of the mechanism is just a bunch of Baltic birch plywood wheels and some standard plumbing o-rings. The specifications for the o-rings are listed in the article.
 

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Nicely designed John. I am glad that some folks still find value in"Old School" , non battery operated gifts/toys.
 

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Just didn't want to keep you waiting, John. Thank you for the English, er I mean, Greek lesson, as well. Sounds like a new tradition is born :)
 

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Candy: You spelled "Geek" wrong. :)

Traditions are what it's all about. I'll even toss in a Hark! musical movement …

... and bill you later.
 

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What a guy! :-b
 
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