Learn how the ship "sails" in Adrian Potter's Endeavour cabinet, featured on the back cover
Adrian Potter is 15 years into a career as a furniture maker, but he hasn’t entirely left behind his training as a mechanical engineer or his early stint designing for an automotive factory. When he wanted to create a sea of slats with simulated waves for his tiny version of Captain James Cook’s ship Endeavour (back cover of the May/June 2010 issue (FWW #212), Potter made a cam mechanism like the ones found in a car’s drive train.
The mechanism: A pair of cams creates their wave action
To convert the rotation of his two axles into the up-and-down movement of the waves, Potter threaded the axles with plastic disks. All the disks were drilled identically, with off-center holes for the axle and a pair of small holes for pins. Each disk, or cam, is rotated a few degrees relative to its neighbors and pinned in…