Well, are days later, after a few distractions, and some fiddling with linkages I went from this to this.
Although it works there are a few things to work on for the next version. I need to make the clutch dog release more smoothly under load, and I believe I need to move the trip lever to the left. Oh well, it will keep me busy for a bit!
Been away from the blog for a bit, but back working again. I've been spending some time trying to decide which one of a couple of projects to start next. I've picked one now but it requires reversing action work the way I see it. It would be too easy to use a reversing and a couple of limit switches for this. I've decided to try and keep things "old school" by using a mechanical reversing clutch from wood. So the main task this week is determining whether I can build an acceptable one.
My design guide is #87 from 507 Mechanical Movements, a book and now also website. It can be a little challenging to decipher these old sketches sometimes. Here's my guide. We'll see how it works out!
Getting things packed up and organized to held to pickering in the next few days to set up our display in the OWCA "Magic in Wood Competition and show in Pickering this weekend. Just to make things challenging I mention to catch I cold and I am battling laryngitis! Better lose that by the weekend!
Some 8 hours of work later with 102 holes drilled and 108 pieces cut out and assembled I have six new "Captains of Industry" for the upcoming show. These ones are emblazoned with "One good turn deserves another!" on the bases.
I have some pieces I named Captains of Industry. I make them to take to shows for kids to play with while at the booth. They are basically a little man turning a crank wheel. Today I am rebuilding inventory for the show in Pickering on the 15th and 16th of this month. Here's the box o' bits I'm working on today!
Automata is a creative blend of my life interests , engineering, art and woodworking.