Mathias Wandel's Projects
I bought one of those cheap wood moisture meters on sale for $25 at Princess Auto some time ago. Moisture meter
Making cast iron slippery There is much written about wax formulations to apply to your table saw and other cast iron surfaces to protect them and keep them slippery. I always thought that was a little complicated, and other than the occasional squirt of WD40 on the surface, I never did anything to the cast iron on my table saw .
Some shop solutions by Ron Walters Inserting threaded inserts into wood
The marble adding machine This is based on an article I wrote for Make magazine at their request in early 2008.
Marble toy blocks part 2: Marble lifter I wanted a mechanical marble elevating device to go with the marble toy ramps .
Just some of the many drawings from the plans below ... A peek inside the plans... The completed machine is 52 cm wide, 35 cm deep, and 47 cm tall. Marble machine 2 plans for sale
The base of the machine is 52x40 cm. It is 51 cm high when set up, 15 cm high in the box. The plans are in metric units, except for drill and dowel sizes, which are in imperial units. You can generate plans in imperial units simply by changing the units to "imperial" in SketchUp under "model info", but the units will not work out to even numbers like they do in Metric. Modular marble machine plans
Way back when I built my Marble Machine one , I incorporated a few logic-like elements in it, including several divide by two mechanisms, as well as a complicated and slightly unreliable divide by 6 mechanism. It had occurred to me that perhaps with an insane amount of perseverance, it might be possible to build a whole computer that runs on marbles. But my second marble machine was much less based on logic - it was more about just making lots of cool noises. But then I had an idea as to how the divide by two mechanisms from my first marble machine could be cascaded together to actually function as a sort of adder register, or counter. Once I had that idea, I knew I had to try it. And a few months later, I spent a couple of days in my workshop and built my binary marble adding machine. Binary marble adding machine
These are plans for a revised version of the marble adding machine, which I built several of for sale . As such, the dimensions on these plans differ from the dimensions of the original machine . Plans for the marble adding machine
Tracks built with the marble run building blocks After building all the ramps , marble pump and other pieces , I figured it was time to play around with the blocks some more. Part of the motivation was to figure out how many of what types of block would make a reasonable set for the toy company.
Tracks built with the marble run building blocks
Making wooden gears out of plywood Here's some pictures of making wooden gears out of plywood using paper template from my Gear Template Generator . I made two gears, both with a tooth size of 250, and tooth angle of 25 degrees. The smaller one with 7 teeth, the larger one with 11. With that tooth size, 11 teeth was as large as I could go before I would have had to paste multiple pieces of paper together. Normally, one doesn't make involute spur gears with less than about 14 teeth. But I wanted to test the limits in terms of how few teeth I could get a away with and still have the gears turn smoothly.
Download HPGL Some notes about gear design and this gear template generator This template generator is intended for generating paper templates for cutting low precision gears from plywood, phenolic, or other suitable materials with a band saw. This gear template generator generates shapes for involute spur gears. Involute spur gears have involute shaped teeth.
The Fantabulous Contraptions of Matthias Wandel
You've seen his explanation of a combination lock's inner workings. Creator Spotlight: Matthias Wandel, Prolific Woodworking Machinist « Furniture & Woodworking
I have always used a home-made slot mortising machine for my mortise and tenon joints. My previous slot mortising machine was made possible because of a lucky surplus sale find. But I had always wanted to be able to build a mortising machine from scratch using readily available materials. Multi slot mortising machine
Screw advance box joint jig
Tilting router lift
Need to Duplicate a Part in Wood? Check Out Matthias Wandel's DIY Router Copy Carver
Small dust collector
Warren Brownell's Gilliom / woodgears bandsaw
Air engine plans for sale