Chapter 7Working with Wood

If billionaire Howard Hughes could build the world’s largest powered airplane out of spruce wood, how hard could it be to construct a small robot out of the stuff? Wood may not be high-tech, but it turns out it’s an ideal building material for hobby robots. Wood is available just about everywhere, it’s relatively cheap, and it’s easy to work with.

In this chapter, you’ll look at using wood in robots and how you can apply simple woodworking skills to construct wooden robot bodies and platforms.

FYICheck out Chapter 8, “Build a Motorized Wooden Platform,” for a hands-on project making a robot base out of wood. This platform can serve as the foundation for a number of robot designs you may want to explore.

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