Taking a break from finishing up the last couple of characters for "The Waiting Room" automata I manufactured the enclosure, gearbox, remaining pedestals and started assembly. Below is the gearbox and the first three cams, which controls Bones the skeleton's eyes, hand and foot. You can see the little buttress pieces in place I referred to in my blog a few entries ago.
The paper template on the base was generated from my CAD system. By taping it in place and marking the corners with an awl, I can rip off parts of the template and glue down the pedestals in the correct places. (Assuming I have done all the dimensioning correctly of course!)
You can also see on the right an anti-reversing ratchet mechanism I put in many of my pieces.
Automata is a creative blend of my life interests , engineering, art and woodworking.