While I have a few days between other projects and away from my shop I have put the finishing touches on a basic, fairly simple automata design I intend to sell a plan for. I have been getting numerous requests from woodworking folks for something they could build themselves, given some basic woodworking skills.
I have come up with a simple person that could be customized to different skill levels. The character can be assembled from cut wood pieces, or carved, depending on the builders skill. The patterns for all the components will be part of the plan. I have finished the CAD work. My next step will be to build one myself to photograph the process for the plan, and to ensure everything fits as designed!
The piece is driven by hand cut wooden gears that gives smooth and reliable operation. When completed it will be about 6" wide, 7" deep and about 13" tall.
Automata is a creative blend of my life interests , engineering, art and woodworking.