Last October, a friend asked if I’d be interested in joining her friendly shoebox diorama competition amongst her acquainted artists, filmmakers, musicians, scientists, engineers, etc. Of course, this came at a particularly crazy time in my life — the aforementioned garage construction, the new startup business, and, ya know, the whole “baby thing” — so it didn’t seem likely. But in the end, I was too intrigued to pass up an opportunity to flex the creative muscle!
And so I present…The Factory
“The Factory: A functioning, full-scale model of the Head Augmentation Unit (HAU) at the West Coast Operational HQ of Wooden Doll-orama Inc. The HAU is responsible for manufacturing and attaching heads onto the incoming body blanks. This unit has been running without incident for a record-breaking 9 consecutive days.”
“As a global leader in diorama parts since 2010, approximately 95% of the wooden dolls sold at Michaels were produced at this facility. This equates to almost 80% of the world’s wooden doll population.”
After a great many gear experiments, I settled on a 4-slot-2-pin geneva stop for the main driving mechanism. This results in a 90-degree rotation of the two slotted gears for every 180-degree rotation of the geneva drive gear at the center.
The two slotted gears are each attached to a 24-tooth gear, positioned in front of and behind, respectively, the drive gear. So when the slotted gears rotate, 90-degrees at a time, so do the big gears, 6 teeth at a time.
But why?! What does it all mean?
The Little Details
Well, it turns out shoeboxes are small and quick to run out of space.
I also spent some time on ye ol’ rocking chair with my needle and thread…