Orrery Plans

Hi folks, I have a little project in mind and I was wondering if anyone knows of anywhere I can get plans to build an orrery for our solar system? Alternatively a mains powered orrery mechanism that I can build around would be good as well. Many thanks in advance

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ritee5 years ago
I found this link from Australia      http:// www.planetaria.com.au
lester685 years ago
so a question, did anyone actually find plans to build an orrery.. wooden or brass.

Would so so love to start this project....
rwtink lester685 years ago
I found this link. I would like to try it.

minimoa699 years ago
Hi folks, just reading all your comments on not being able to find plans for an orrery. I've just finished designing and building one. Would me producing plans for it be of interest to anybody? Here's a couple of links to it before and after staining/varnishing that I posted on youtube:
I'm going to be building more of these to sell, and will also be doing different versions (less planets etc.). It looks more complicated than it actually is, but like anything, just do one bit at a time and get that bit right, and before you know it's finished - well, that's the theory anyway... Mine was all cut using an electric fret saw, sand paper and a drill press, no lathes needed (I don't even own one, darn it), so tooling up for it doesn't cost a fortune. The planets are hand painted wooden balls available from craft shops, all the shafts are brass tube (K&S tubing is great), but the majority of it (including all the gear wheels) is cut from 6mm marine grade birch ply. Available from most hobby shops, this wood is great for engineering application like this as its easy to work, stable, takes stain and varnish, and because it's ply, you can cut gear teeth without running the risk of them shearing off, and believe it or not, even looks nice when varnished!
Let me know if there's any takers and I might just get off my backside and draft up some proper plans. Take care all.
I would be very interested in plans of a eight/nine planet system with orbiting moons. If you ever decided to sell plans please let me know as well Jeff jjanes@dmjhost.com
I'd really like to see some orrery plans. If you ever produce them, I'd buy a set.
I've been looking for plans for months! Would love it if you would offer yours for sale!
I have always wanted to make one and yours could not come at better time as I have some extra time to devote to it. Where can I get your plans. Thanks
I would also be interested in receiving the plans. Thanks
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