Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Del's wooden escapement drive machine

Del has shared with us a wonderful wooden machine he built around 1985. This is a nice example of a mechanism that converts reciprocating motion into circular motion via a ratchet mechanism. The really cool thing about his particular design is that it does not matter which direction you turn the crank -- the ratchet will always rotate in the same direction. Very clever.

If you would like to communicate with him directly, visit Del's YouTube channel.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brilliant bit of woodworking, but it's hardly clever that the big gear always rotates in the same direction regardless of how you crank it; by the nature of the beast, it can't work any other way. The catch can only move back and forth, and it can only engage the teeth in one direction.

February 23, 2009 at 4:07 PM  

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