The first set of projects were created in TED 115: Woods Technology. For their final project, students were required to design and build a piece of furniture. The second set of projects were created in my current class TED 110: Materials Processing Technology. Students are required to design and build "automata," (a type of mechanical toy) and must use at least two of the three materials worked with in class: metal, wood, and plastic.


Bench seat


Coffee table with star design wood inlay


Coffee table wood inlay close up


Desk organizer for small items


DVD holder with dark and light wood, spins


Bedside table


Guitar and stand


Guitar close-up


Mirror frame


Oak cabinet front view


Oak cabinet side view


Small wooden box with sheet metal inlay


Tall shelves

 


Video game


Video game close-up

 

This picture is the first in the pictures of automata, or mechanical toys, which is the final project for TED 110.

Click here to see this automata in motion!
Carosel - when handle is cranked, gears cause center piece to turn and horses to go up and down

 


Miniature backhoe-syringes are filled with water, pressure from syringes causes up and down and back and forth
movement of the shovel


Miniature backhoe shown in different position


Dog - when crank is turned, cams cause dog to
"bark" and tail to wag


North Carolina State University cheerleaders...


...when crank is turned, gears cause cheerleaders
to alternate bending over...

...and standing up while raising signs


Flying dragon - strings hang from belly of dragon, when pulled, strings cause wings to flap up and down


Flying dragon with wings up


Flying dragon front view


Dolphins - when cranked, gears turned dolphins
around in a circle


Trebuchet - when bucket is loaded and pulled
back, rubberband causes spring action and
shoots ammunition


Mock-up of Harley Twin engine -
when crank is turned rods in engines
go up and down


Ocean roller - when pulled, wheels caused gears
to turn which made dolphins "jump" out of "ocean"


Green snake - when crank is turned, cams
raise parts of snake so that it appears to be
moving or wiggling


Marble racer - two marbles are released at
top of piece and roll down to bottom


Gunman - when string is pulled, arms
are raised, hat tilts up and guns go
into the shooting position


Gunman in "at ease" position


Pachinko style machine


Sheet metal box top sketched
with a Dremel tool


Pinball machine


Pinball machine close-up


"Shark Attack" - when cranked, cams caused shark's
mouth to open and close and swimmer's legs to move


Different angle of Shark Attack
 
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