My Kinetic Sculptures - A Brief How-To.

Step 1: My Wooden Gears.

My wooden gears were designed on an early CAD program belonging to my neighbor. Unfortunately I don't have the statistics on pitch angles etc., but there are plenty of programs out there that can assist you in the designing of gears, here is an example - http://youtu.be/Hf9NoDT5nDk

My gears range in diameter from 63mm (22 tooth), 121mm (44 tooth), 162mm (60 tooth), and 275mm (105 tooth). The 3 smaller gears have a 22mm center hole for a 22mm(OD) X 8mm(ID) bearing, and the larger gear a 28mm hole for a 28mm(OD) X 15mm(ID) bearing. They are laser cut from 15mm and 12mm plywood board, the cross-grain of the plywood giving the teeth extra strength. The laser cutter does burn the sides, though not enough to effect the performance of the gears. With the burnt edges and my black backboards, I like the look of them. I sand and give each of them 3 coats of clear gloss enamel.

The motors which power my work come from old VCR's, and I will go into detail on those another time. The main image shown here is my very first set of gears, which had a smaller center hole. The other images show the works from the video at various stages of construction.
<p>Great job! </p><p>Any update on the designs? Thx</p>
<p>really nice.</p><p>please share your plans files</p>
<p> I like your work, but your images, especially of your notebook is out of focus enough to make it difficult to read and see the crucial details of the assembly. Even with the pictures, I still can't figure out how it works or have enough information to build my own. So I request that you add detail, diagrams, plans, and sharply-focussed images enough for the layman (as myself) to decipher and replicate your work. I saw the YT video of the mechanism in action and it is quite fun to watch. Congratulations on your artwork in motion.</p>
Can you explain how to make the one in the project picture and if you could draw that be greeeeeeeat
<p>Absolutely beautiful! Thanks so much for the inspiration!</p>
Very cool!
How many hours does the first one you have a picture of take to wear out? I'd imagine that crankshaft would probably wear out relatively quickly.
Awesome!!, Respectt'ss dude<br>
Great stuff, thanks for sharing! Can't wait to see what else you have in store for us!
truly astonishing! It would be a real treat to see more of your process!<br><br>Your notebook alone is a work of art! Keep it up man!
the work is great, but given the information you've actually given here, this would probably be better suited as a slide show. not really many building steps or instructions included, just a show off (which is what the slide shows are for)
I think your work is beautiful. Go on!<br>

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Bio: Artist specializing in the design and construction of wooden mechanical kinetic sculptures.
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