The Scissor Lift automata series

The overlying concept is that of a gym called Jim’s Gym.  Automata are created that exercise on different machines in this Jim’s Gym series.  The Scissor Lift is one of those machines.

How does it move?  The hand-crank, through a drive train, lifts and lowers the biped.  The biped in turn is connected to the Scissor Lift machine.  By pulling the hand levers up marbles are lifted to the top one at a time.  Once at the top they roll back to the bottom to be recirculated.

Jim’s Comments: This is a sort of complex little machine.  The biped not only moves up and down…his torso tilts a bit forward and back.  This automata has no motor, and does include a cycle counter.  This is an interesting automata that is a pleasure to watch and/or operate.

Scissor Lift #1, completed July 2018.


Dimensions (approx)

Height: ?
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Weight: ? lbs.


Allow me 3 months to create.

#2, hand-cranked is available now.

#3 (which will be motorized) is the next available for commission in this series.


Scissor Lift #2: $1,500
Scissor Lift #3: $4,000
Commission Info



Scissor Lift #1 Project Sheet

As I create automata I attempt to update the Project Sheet weekly with narrative and images.  These project sheets are available on my website.  The project sheets give viewers a sense of what I’m working on and how I work.


Scissor Lift #1
Disassembly for Paint document

After an automata has been initially assembled and is functioning it is then disassembled and painted.  This Disassembly for Paint document is important to me.  It helps me to re-assemble, and it helps me remember ‘how I did it’ for future builds.  The document documents with photographs a teardown and then the painted reassembly.  These documents are sometimes 50+ pages long.  The link above will take you to the Disassembly for Paint .pdf, which you may download if you wish.


YouTube Video 

Scissor Lift #1 before being painted.