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The Steven writes in the comments:
You say DIY bride, I think of Helen O’Loy by Lester Del Rey
Well, maybe you haven’t heard of ol’ Helen O’Loy either. O’Loy sounds a lot like Alloy, doesn’t it?
Spoiler Alert: Don’t read the wikipedia entry, it gives too much info.
Dave and Phil are two pals who spend a lot of time together. Although Dave is a robot repairman and Phil is a doctor, they become increasingly interested in building their own robotic housekeeper. Finally they produce “Lena”, a housekeeping robot who does a pretty good job of things, but she still lacks the common sense that comes from having emotions. After trying – and failing – with mechanical glands in Lena, they order a high quality Dillard’s robot to experiment with. The results are good, but a little bit too real as their new creation, Helen, falls madly in love with one of them.
Read any good robofiction lately?