Hey guys, I've been a REALLY long time lurker, since the old boards, but I rarely made the time to really dig in and post a lot. Instead I would just find the info I needed, use it shamelessly and rarely even take the time to say "Hey thanks, that helped a lot!" <-- sorry! Ha.

I'm working on a short film right now at school and I've set up a process blog to detail my progress. Things are going okay, but I have a LOT of work ahead of me for my december deadline (I'll be rude here and say 'Don't bother telling me I don't have enough time, I already know that..." Haha.)

So wish me luck, follow the blog and I'll try to post here when I get a few free minutes!

http://thewoodswhereweplayed.wordpress.com/

-Chris

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Good luck! Some nice shots of your build and puppet. Be good to see how it progresses.

Thanks! I'm going to try to post on the process blog once every few days, so check back often! (Or you know...follow the blog and it will email you updates! Who doesn't like their inbox flooded with blog updates?! Ha)

I'll try to post here with updates from time to time as well. I built a camera slider as well that I can't seem to find pics of, so I'll take some more and post those too.

Couple more posts today, check them out!

http://thewoodswhereweplayed.wordpress.com/

Thanks guys!

Thanks for sharing.  Great stuffs.  

I'm more shameful now .  I must go and take pics of my progress and post them.

Wow great armature love the design.

Thanks! I built two, I'll put some glamour shots on the blog tonight hopefully, I'm busy sculpting replacement faces but I need to take a little break and post a few shots anyway! Check back, and thanks for stopping!

New post on my blog with some glamour shots of the armatures!

http://thewoodswhereweplayed.wordpress.com/2014/10/23/steel-armatur...

Here's a teaser image:

Again awesome job!

Thanks! So far building those armatures from scratch was definitely the longest process... I learned a lot though, totally worth it!

What kind of machining did you do to make them, or should I say what kind of tools.

Hey Zaid, I only have access to a drill press for actual 'machine shop' tools, otherwise I use my rotary tool (a black and decker RTZ brand), and hand files/sand paper.

As long as you can think creatively to get around your problems, you can get around using a true mill/lathe for making most of the joints. Of course you will have a lot more success if you can learn to use/get access to a milling machine, but my joints are *fairly* devoid of 'drift' and the other issues that plague most hand-machines joints.

I found steel fairly nice to work with as it is soft enough to cut with a basic jeweler's saw, it can be drilled easily and it holds up well to abuse!

I "milled" out the cups in the ball joints using a ball-nose end mill bit that I put into the drill press. I used a lot of oil to lubricate the steel to give a nice smooth cut.

The most important thing I can say is to make a bunch of mistakes, haha. Make the mistakes and move on, if you have questions ask (you can ask me...but I'm easily one of the least experienced machinists on this forum, so search them out!)

Thanks again.

Thanks for the awesome advice, and man your armatures look like they were made on a mill/lathe. I totally wouldn't of guessed you used just a rotary tool and some simple elbow grease on them. Yeah Iam hoping real soon to get ahold of some aluminum and go to town on it. Thanks again!

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