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I finally finished the project I teased you with in an earlier post. This automaton is a gift for the widow of one of my best friends who left us earlier this year.

Although it looks pretty simple when you see it finished like this, I’ve been working on it for about six weeks. Since I never have any real plans there’s a lot of trial an error involved and sometimes several days are invested trying to tweak something to make it work. Actually, all the gears were the easiest part to make once I determined what gear ratios and sizes I needed. Of course you always have to remember that when two gears mesh they are going to turn in opposite directions so I had to make sure the wheels turned correctly so he wasn’t driving backwards.

All the emphasis on lunch is because his greatest pleasure in life was having lunch with friends and anyone who knew him was familiar with the phrase, “Let’s do lunch.” I also snuck his widow, Angie, into the scene as so she wouldn’t be left out.

Actually this is a prime example of “mission creep” in a project. I had originally intended to make a really simple car cutout that would just sort of bounce up and down when the handle turned. Something I could easily knock out in a day or two. Then I thought, hey, what if the driver waved and what if we had more road stuff? Things got more complex. Anyway, here’s the result:

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Well as always that's another outstanding project Oliver ! You've got such an incredible imagination , and the skills to go along with it .
Love this project , and the sign was a nice addition . Love how you got it all to work , thanks for sharing

Btw , you make great videos too
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You're Mad, Oliver. Mad!!

Good thing you don't use those powers to do evil things.


That's neat. Lot of brainpower got exhausted doing that.
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sorry fo the loss Oliver...
gotta agree..
you are one mad creator...

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If only new layers hadn't been added....

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Awwwwwwesome! Absolutely awwwwwwwwwesome! Nice tribute to an old friend. I'm sorry for your loss. I'm also sure his widow will love.

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Oliver, great project and video. enjoyed every second of it. You sure create some wonderful things and they really work too. Your mechanical abilities, and grasp of mechanics are second to none, and combine that with your artistic abilities put you way above anyone I know.
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Wicked cool. I miss the Burma Shave signs.
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Wonderful!! And I too like the Burma Shave reference.


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Very nicely done Oliver. I'm sure Mack would be impressed.

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Very nice and really nice lettering on the sign.
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