Robotics
Skill Builder: Build a Wobbler


In the latest issue of MAKE, Volume 27, the always-awesome Howtoons project column shows you how to build a wobbly little walker using two servomotors and some plastic coat hanger hooks for eccentric wheegs. While this is not really a robot, it’s a fun project for teaching kids some bot basics, like the important robot-building technique of hacking servos for continuous rotation and using Tupperware as a bot body (very handy). Here’s a free PDF download of the two-page spread from the magazine.

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MAKE 27MAKE Volume 27, Robots!
The robots have returned! MAKE Volume 27 features a special package with robotics projects for every age and skill level. They play music; they outwit your pets; they learn from their mistakes! In addition, we’ll show you how to build a special aquarium to keep jellyfish, create pre-Edison incandescent lighting, spy via the internet, and make a go-anywhere digital message board! All this and much, much more, in MAKE Volume 27.

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10 thoughts on “Skill Builder: Build a Wobbler

    1. Because you’d likely want to gear the motors and a servo sans electronics is basically a gearmotor. And servos are now pretty cheap, and you can get them sans control electronics, which basically makes it a gearmotor right out of the box.

  1. I’m disappointed.  I thought this was going to be an article about how to make a center finding device for the lathe and drill press. 

  2. I’m disappointed.  I thought this was going to be an article about how to make a center finding device for the lathe and drill press. 

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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