Applause. The perfect way to celebrate achievement. I’m making a one-off applause machine to be presented as the culmination of a project I’ve been involved in, more details of which later…

It was a toss-up between paper and laser-cut ply, in the end, I opted for the wood option as the result will be more long-lasting.

First step – the actual clapping hands. Video below.

The next step – Check out the work of Martin Smith  for the inspiration for the hand movement. Rather than using the crank and slider that Martin uses I’ll add a drive mechanism using a scotch yoke. Turn the crank and the yoke will push the central pushrod up and down.