Eric Freitas – Clock maker

Buying an amazing watch is one thing but getting an original hand made sculpture that tells time is something not seen in decades. Most clocks are simply fancy faces and boxes. Not many actually get into building and crafting the gears themselves. Why should they as you can buy most of the motorization fairly cheaply […]

Wind-up pocket knives

As far as I can figure. The handle has a pop-out winch that you use to wind the blade out. I love that brass worm gear. I wonder what the wind-up ratio is? From the looks of it I would hazard a guess that it would take 16-18 revolutions to fully extend the blade. Still […]

Key Holder

Haven’t had a chance to finish any of my bigger projects as they primarily require lots of free time. And that is something I am in very short supply of recently, since my new daughter arrived. But yesterday my brother was visiting and I wanted a quick project we could do in the shop together. […]

Prototype Arm and Shoulder

Here the first prototype. You can see the roughness around the shoulder joint. But I managed to figure out a way to even out the process a bit and make the elbow joints smoother. Still not perfect, as the connectors are both threaded and the joint tightens in one direction and loosens in the other. […]

New Robot Ideas

The last robot was based on a wooden toy I purchased a few years ago. It was a very simple and easy project but it didn’t work. At least not the way it should have. This project is: design the toy you wished you could’ve had as a child. I want my robot to be […]

Makin the robots – finished!

The holes at the end if it’s arms an legs are for inserting the hair elastic and tensioning them, then magnets are added to close up the holes and finish the arms. But I’m not 100% happy with the strength and tension on one side so I’m going to replace that side before sealing it […]

Arms and legs ready

Need to sand the arms and legs to smooth them out and then glue in magnets into the hands and feet. Next step is to get the body ready. Here you see the body 1″ aluminum bar, which will be milled into the appropriate shape and holes will be drilled to accommodate the hair elastics […]

Makin The Robots!

Early concept sketches. Way too complex for a first project. Looks pretty simple but not mobility in the joints for my likes. I want something that has more flexibility. Here’s a quick sketch of the joints. Here is the first stage of the project. I don’t have any square stock but I plan to mill […]

The Faery Ship

I received by post a small metal tobacco tin containing a petite mechanized ship. No information was provided regarding its history, except that it was acquired from a dealer in Portobello Market, London. Strangely enough, no one has ever seen anything like it—this includes all the specialists you might know. Link When something like this […]