The lower mechanism is now completed and has been run in. The rats have had their tails added, a step I put off to last to prevent damage to these small parts. all the chairs have been fabricated. The only structural left is to complete and mount the music stands for the musicians.
The last job is to connect the mechanism to the rats with brass links and glue the rats into final position. This should be done in the next few days. I expect the rats will make their first public appearance this coming weekend at the Quinte Carving show in Belleville Ontario.
An interesting wrinkle is that the arm of one of the violinists ended up being left behind, some 2 hours away from the location of the current assembly. So this adds a little stress to working to a completion deadline a sizeable logistics issue has arisen!
Automata is a creative blend of my life interests , engineering, art and woodworking.