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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-23-2019, 09:21 PM Thread Starter
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No, not quite. But I thought I’d pique your interest about the upcoming Mechanical Marvel. The major challenge in making these nonsensical things is simplifying the mechanism so you need the fewest moving parts and connections.

I started thinking about this project about 10 months ago, and it sat on the back burner of my brain for a long time because the mechanism was getting too complex, and I couldn’t figure out how to make it work. I had many questions needing answers, and no amount of Irish Holy Water was helping. Well, as it says in my signature, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication,” and I have finally simplified it. Everything now works with one lever and a ratchet gear. The gear will have two pawls controlled by gravity. It couldn’t be simpler. I wonder why it took so long? I guess fortune smiles on those who wait.

What you see in the two photos will be combined to make the final device. Oh, one more thing. There are two clues buried in the text above, for those who want to stretch their imagination.
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Ok, I'm hooked. Joni Mitchell sums up my present state:

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Joni Mitchell? Did you mean Carly Simon??
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Joni Mitchell? Did you mean Carly Simon??
Is there a difference? Just because it's printed on the video...

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It looks like it clicks one tooth at a time. Something like a counting gadget, or if there's a hole on one side, something that moves pictures or numbers into the opening for viewing. Is there some sort of tensioning spring under that brass bar to return the white piece to its stop position after it has pushed down and released a tooth when you pull the lever?

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Just a wild guess... Jack in the Box? Crank it until it's past 1/2 and gravity lifts Jack?

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Not meaning to slight the Professor’s handiwork, I’ll weigh in that it is Carly Simon and keep a close eye out for the final device.
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There are two clues buried in the text above, for those who want to stretch their imagination.
So are you saying this is a kitchen timer?

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Could it be some sort of Irish Holy Water dispenser? I can hardly wait.

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Well the scam is meshing with the spindle dorph causing a coreopa seat reaction thus rendering the wet birds at night to react with the lawn mower. What was the question again?
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