The project uses stained wood, brass and found objects to give it a look straight out of a Jules Verne novel. The story is, "I Doc Hadacoff, a time traveler, have been trapped in the 19th century to sell elixirs to make a living. My machine uses Tritium to power a plasma generator to add curative properties to my elixirs".
This instructable is not intended to be a step-by-step instructions to build a particular drinkbot, but more of a step-by-step discussion on how I built mine. All this with the hopes that one can collect enough information to build there own.
Step 1: The Steampunk Elements
I used 1/2 inch hardwood panels from Home Depot for the project. To give the wood real beauty, I stained the wood with water-based stain (rosewood color) and finished with water-based semigloss polyurethane finish. Two coats of finish is just enough. Lightly sand between coats. Water based finishes are very easy to clean up after. The finish dries in just a few hours with the added plus of low odor and no strong fumes.