How-To: Make Organically-Shaped Gears

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MAKE subscriber Dug North writes in to share this video tutorial on how to make gears with unusual contours:

Wood clock designer Clayton Boyer has created an excellent short video showing how to make gears with *very* unconventional profiles. Very cool!

The instructions are a bit terse, so you will probably have to do some experimenting to get it to work correctly, however the effect is pretty amusing.

10 thoughts on “How-To: Make Organically-Shaped Gears

  1. says:

    It looks like you might be able to save yourself a lot of tracing work if you coat the bottom of the first gear in graphite or chalk, then just spin it around onto the paper.

    1. John Maushammer says:

      … or maybe even carbon paper on the bigger gear?

      Either way, it turns* out a beautiful gear (no pun intended!)

  2. Dexter says:

    What a great idea and the result looks really amazing!

  3. RocketGuy says:

    I love how the results seem to diverge from expectation for the second gear.

  4. Alpinebutterfly says:

    Wow! I really love this, so cool to look at, and the organic nature of the gears are mesmerizing.

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