So I day goes by and I've added some colour to my have constructed project. I was anxious to see how the gears would look in the finished environment. This piece is built in two halves so I am plying along focusing on one half at a time. So it may be evident to you now that these gears are inside someone's head; in fact in the their brain. The lobes are hiding behind the gears.
A day later and the gears are installed, and an alternating pointer is added to oscillate between a YES and NO sign in the centre of the arrangement. The disks on the end of the dowels are the retainers that keep the gears on the shafts. I'll talk about how I made them and why I designed them the way that I did in a subsequent blog.
In the end there was a fair bit of fitting to make the gears to run smoothly. Being so small, locating the centre holes is key. I had to make a couple of new gears as the originals were not precisely in the centres and they interfered with each other. Even the addition of paint created some issues as I believe the water based paint caused rough grain surfaces to interfere slightly as the paint dried and I had to hand sand the profiles to get a good running system. It all took a little longer than I though to get all this done. Ah well!
More to come!
Automata is a creative blend of my life interests , engineering, art and woodworking.