Some newer-ish stuff @ the Maker store —
The Designing Automata Kit is great value and fantastic quality. No glue or tools are required, and you will learn about simple mechanics using cams and a crank slider mechanism. Many different designs can be made, and the kit used over and over again. Produced in Thailand using chemical-free rubber wood, from sustainable sources. Make is proud to be the only store this side of the pond to carry this kit – Link.
But wait, there’s more!
A fabulous jewel of a book imported from the UK in time for the Holidays. Published by London’s Cabaret Mechanical Theatre (CMT), Cabaret Mechanical Movement is 124 pages packed with diagrams, information and useful tips on making your own automata. Using the machines and automata from CMT to explain levers, shafts, cranks, cams, springs, linkages, ratchets, Drives and Gearing and even coin-op control, this is a great introduction for those inspired to go and make their own work. The book ends with a helpful checklist to keep you going. If you still don’t know what a cam is, not to worry this book is for you as well – Link.