Our original plan was to make the gears based on time- the large gear rotating once every 24 cranks (symbolizing a day.) Throughout our brainstorming, the concept morphed into time warping and eventually we landed on Alice in Wonderland. Some inspiration:
So, we changed the gears to the appropriate size, then added a cam to place the cheshire cat.
We built the box to measured specs.
We assembled the gears, taking into account very important things like:
- The distance between the gears and the floor (propped up with washers)
- The location of the gears on each dowel
- What dowels get glued to gears and which get glued to the base
- The order of assembly