I stumbled across this on my woodworking forum. It’s literally one of the most beautiful and amazing things I’ve seen since the rotopult/octopult captured my imagination years ago. Just thought I’d share. He says he has 700 hours into it and I believe it.
Extremely comprehensive and well written plans are $99 on his website:
Oh man. That is pretty great…
Dare I try? …maybe
Coool if I had a 1000mm machine I would probably attempt it.
And I thought tuning the X-Carve was difficult. It would take me two years just to adjust all the linkages.
After seeing Colibri posted on a woodworking forum, I read a lot on Derrick’s website. Curiosity got the best of me and I ordered one of his plans: Contrivance. This is it:
I have been looking at the same design. Are the PDF instructions importable into Vcarve (ie. do that contain vectors or bitmaps)?
EDIT – I just saw that the plans also include DXF format files. I assume those will import perfectly into Vcarve.
Also do you have an estimate yet for what the material costs will be? There are lots and lots of metal components. I was about to start looking them up, but if you have already looked it would save me some time.
No, I haven’t run a BOM cost yet - just looked up a few parts on McMaster. Some of the stainless steel parts are a little pricey and some come in a bag of 50 when only 4 are needed. I know brass is softer but it would be easy to get lengths and cut what is needed.
The dxf files import perfectly into VCarve. The plan I bought uses 1/8", 1/4", 3/8" and 1/2" plywood. I found it easier to set up the imports by moving the files into seperate folder for the four sizes of ply.
If you like kinetic sculptures, head over to Clayton Boyer Woodworking Designs http://www.lisaboyer.com/Claytonsite/Claytonsite1.htm
Do so at your own risk! Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
Ha! I’ve already got the plans for the Simplicity clock! BTW, Clayton was extremely generous and gave me permission to use one of his gears in a tutorial on how to build his clock. Maybe I should ping Derek…
Me and my kids built his Vortex clock years ago, before I had a CNC router. It was cutting out all those parts on the scroll saw that made me start wanting a CNC!
Also check out Brian Laws wooden clocks available at http://www.woodenclocks.co.uk/index.htm .
I recently finished one of his clocks (clock 22), which I enjoyed making so much I’ve bought plans for a second clock from him. No idea where I’ll be able to a second one…
I built that before I had a cnc… (the humming bird) Did all the gears with a scroll saw. Its my favorite piece. The instructions were great. It was a challenge, but very doable.