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Tadpole Wood

Autonomous Drive, Line/ Maze Follow, Drawing, Mapping, RC Drive

Hey hey! Just as great as the Original Tadpole, but with 100% more wood!

I was shopping on the ol' eBay's and came across some 3mm birch plywood, usually used in model airplanes. I thought to myself, man, that would look really good as a robot chassis. ---And it does! 

I do have to say I see the irony here, this is "Chris the Carpenter's" first wood robot. --Really? It took me what, 4 or 5 years before I thought of putting my two loves together? Sheesh!

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Your workmanship is so elegant its almost painful for mere mortals to look at.  I realize its laser cut, but its just so well done.

What did you make the tires from, if I might ask?

I have done some research and I found a supplier where I can get the plywood at less than 1/2 the cost of my Plexiglass. This might be my new favorite material...

I get this stuff from a neighborhood craft wood store for pennies. Unofficial rule is the first is on wood. It hits the craft spot but doesn't waste my expensive acrylic. :-) 

Deserves a nice mahogany desk to roll around on top of :D

You know, in addition to being a Carpenter, I can hold my own in a finish room as well. I am doing one now in a full French Polish (hand rubbed, obviously) with hand-cut shellac. Grain fill, alcohol dye instead of heavy stain,  Rotten Stone as a final polish . I am also on the lookout for a few exotics to use as well --Tiger or Bird's Eye Maple, Figured Mahogany... Easy to get as a veneer, not quite as easy to get all ready made into plywood.

P.s. --Nice wooded Bender reference, my friend.

I was hoping to hear something like that. Make any erection joke you want about me saying this, but wood is beautiful.
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You had to know that's where I'd go with this.

Anyway, it is beautiful! It doesn't look like it has a finish on it. It's just my opinion of course, but I'd like to see it with a nice gloss poly. Maybe an exotic stain, something to bring out the woodiness and at the same time really make it Robo-shiny. Hope I'm not out of line for putting that out there.