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A friend of one of my daughters asked me if I could make a wooden lego man. about 6 in high. I said sure and set out on another toy adventure. All parts are movable and removable just like the plastic guy. Moving parts pivot on 3/16 in. steel axles and movement is resisted by o-rings. IMG_2150.JPG  IMG_2192.JPG   
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Brilliant looks great.[thumb]
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I love this-briliant!!
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Absolutely brilliant - love the ingenuity!!

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Wow! Good job.
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This if fantastic.  How fun. 
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This is a 1st class piece of well thought-through engineering (that's not too big a word IMHO).

Very well done Sir.

Incidentally, have you ever marvelled at Lego itself - mass produced by the millions everyday, yet EVERY piece locks together with another with unfailing precision? I realise that this comes from injection moulding of plastics (not exactly "our thing" on this Forum!) but the sheer skill of the mould makers who produced the mould tools in the first place must be of the very highest order.

But back to your Lego man - excellent!

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CNC is doing the same thing for machining parts. A CNC lathe can make a thousand parts so close to being exactly the same that it doesn't matter. The EcoBoost engine in my truck had no break in period and no mandatory thousand mile service where they change the oil, tighten the bolts adjust things, and change out the breaking oils. Why? Because the parts all fit perfectly. My first service was at 7,000 miles and would have been at 10,000 miles if I was driving mostly on the highway.

I'm thinking that making molds for Legos is pretty simple.

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That's true Bob, cars over here are much the same, no break-in time (like the "good old days"), and there's lots of other very close tolerance CNC stuff done these days too. Perhaps those LEGO tools are CNC made too, I don't know.

We're obviously getting off topic here, but I can't say I agree with you about LEGO mould tools being simple. There are loads of differently shaped parts, some of them really weird shapes, yet they all fit together, perfectly.

Anyway, my original remark was just an aside and obviously nothing to do with "us" here. So I'll shut up on this subject now, except to say that I highly respect the OP's wooden moveable LEGO man. ;-)

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OK, so this one turned  into a conversation about plastic legos and cnc.  Being a curious person I decided to give making a couple lego style bricks a try using wood. The basic brick is easy enough but other parts could turn into a real carving experience (nightmare). Yes cnc in great technology but will it just lead us into a world of lazy, I don't want to put forth any effort, I want it right now, not learn any skills or take time to enjoy, kind of people? The end of craftsmanship?
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You may well be right, toynut, I'm not sure.

Hopefully there'll always be a need for "hand skill craftsmanship" (just as you demonstrated in your original post) along side the obvious benefits of having high speed AND highly accurate/close tolerance mass production.

I don't know (I don't know anything about CNC) but at a guess I'd say the best/quickest/most effective CNC programmer would be the person who has at least a good grounding in the effective application of hand skills to the particular job - as well as understanding how the particular machine to be used goes about its tasks..

But as I already said, I guess we're getting way off topic here. Just looking at your own version of a LEGO man with those moveable joints just got me to thinking about the processes involved in mass producing such stuff. I wandered off topic and apologise.

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