By Cory Doctorow at 5:56 am Sun, May 23, 2010
More mechanical wooden silliness
I want that for my front door!
After skimming through most of the posts on this forum, I see that the maker, Chris, is designing a Kraken motif for the other side of the door. Now I’m going to have to follow the posts to see if he shows any completed images of that.
This looks awesome so I hate to be a dick, but the iris diaphragm this is trying to look like creates a basically circular opening at all times. The blades are supposed to overlap, but this one gets all starburst as it opens because the blades only meet in the centre.
If the blades were twice as long and kept the same hinge points they’d overlap by about the correct amount. They’d just need to be thin enough to slide over each other. That would make a truly terrifying wang-chopper.
The linked thread includes some experimentation with overlapping blades, but it looks like the sheet metal he was using was too thick and the blades would lock up before completely closing the gap.
It’s big, not the peephole size I expected. From the link it looks like maybe a foot across.
A short video of Mr. Schaie’s item was made at yesterday’s Bay Area Maker Faire. The video may be seen here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pip_r_lagenta/4631860819/
I want but have no hope of getting one. It is very cool.
Looks like something out of a Myst game.
More of a steampunk glory hole than a peep hole.
Beautiful work and I love it, but this seems more of a shutter than an iris.
So there is this awesome piece of wood&brass, looking like it was directly teleported in from the Nautilus, and it happens to be the first thing in ages Cory does not throw the monicker ‘steampunk’ at? w. t. f.
I want this for my supervillain lair….
What a great looking gizmo. Thanks for the Video PIP. and yes Steampunk all the way. Love it.
Replied to comment from Blue
Castration has nothing to do with a penis. Look it up.
Cory was in my town for a reading and book-signing today, so I made him a (barely) working replica out of cardboard. Hardly the real thing, but hey, I only had a couple of hours and a few pizza boxes to work with, not a CNC router.
So beautifully rendered.
Thanks for the post.
Christ, what a peephole!
I want one!
I had originally read the title as “Mechanical Irishing peephole”. I was understandably confused.
People who need peepholes are the luckiest people in the world.
Is that a peephole in your door or are you just glad to see me?
Nope, not feeling any castration anxiety at all. Uh uh.
You men and your genital anxieties can go hang. I want one too.
sergeirichard, it’s not like you HAVE to stick your penis in it.
Fish gotta swim. Bird gotta fly.
omg want as well. this guy could probably make a pretty good living just making and selling these, and these type of things
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