Vol. 3, Issue 2
Make an Automaton
the Character to Life Remember,
dry-fitting the parts before gluing is as important
as measuring twice and cutting once.
the jaw and the legs to the dog body using 3/32"
dowel rods inserted into the predrilled holes.
a pair of pliers, open the eyehook so that you can
insert its end into the predrilled hole in the tail.
Then, screw the threads of the eyehook into the tail
end of the dog body.
the dog on the curved support and attach its legs
using 3/32" dowel rods inserted through the predrilled
the crank handle to the other end of the tail by inserting
it into the predrilled hole in the tail.
fitting the parts before gluing.
the tail to the dog body using the eyehook.
dog mounted on the curved support.
tail attached to the crank shaft.
the movements by cranking the handle. Fine-tune the
mechanism by screwing the eyehook further into the
body or by unscrewing it away from the body
whichever is necessary to finesse the cranking motion.
Follow these steps to complete the gluing process:
a) After the jaw is seated inside the body and after
checking that it moves up and down freely, glue one
end of the 3/32" dowel rod used for the jaw to
b) Glue the three 3/16" dowel rods to the dog-bone
shaped crank handles (the interconnecting rod should
rotate freely in the crank-handle pole).
c) Glue the ends of the four 3/32" dowel rods
to the legs. Check that the dowel rods used in the
legs rotate freely in the body and the support piece.
Add or paint any decorative features you like.
(Mine has the doll eye and collar.)
If you like, sign and date your piece.
may bark, whine and howl at will; Kermit does it only on your
Lee Valley staff
Please go to page 5 for templates and hollowing illustrations.