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Making Wooden Mechanical Models: 15 Designs With Visible Wheels, Cranks, Pistons, Cogs, and Cams

To fully appreciate this book, the reader must have two loves: wood and basic mechanisms. I have not made any of the models in this book. My love of wood may be sufficient, but for me, a mechanism should be driving something else -- a silly character, a robot, or something.

Not really for automata makers specifically -- the models in this book show the beauty inherent in basic machines and thus are considered complete in themselves.

The models are stately, well proportioned and very pretty. Clearly,they are well designed. Any of these modes would be a welcome addition to the desktop of any mechanically inclined person and especially for specific occupations: locksmith, engineer, mechanic, and so on.

Of course certain mechanisms found in Making Wooden Mechanical Models could be used for automata -- provided the reader has some ingenuity and committment.

A Very Nice Book

All of this is not to say that I haven't learned from and enjoyed this book immensely. I have read it from cover to cover and browsed the drawings for inspiration. Beautiful color photos in the center of the book demonstrate the skill with which the authors have designed and made these models.

The author has great skill in fabrication with wood, and I have found this book to be very useful in this regard. Some of the projects in this book will be easier to accomplish with a lathe.

Should you choose to buy this book and make the some of the models, let me assure you that it contains nice project lists and plan drawings from which to work.

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