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Blog entry by Stevinmarin posted 02-12-2011 04:20 AM 3747 reads 3 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Couple of really neat, super easy tricks you can make in minutes, with hardly any wood.

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#1 posted 02-12-2011 04:42 AM

Wow, two for one! Those do look like fun little projects Steve. You had me concerned at the beginning. I thought you had crossed over to become the immortal woodworker. :^)

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#2 posted 02-12-2011 05:27 AM

Steve… nice Whimmy Diddle! Here in Asheville, NC we have a Gee Haw Whimmy Diddle World Championship late every summer. I have been honored to attend these great events for some time now.
Awards are trophys & Moom Pies in sountern tradition.
Here is a link to the weekend event, even includes such mundane things as tradition woodworking, weaving & other old timey crafts.

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#3 posted 02-12-2011 05:43 AM

Oh yes…. the term Gee Haw refers to direction of rotation… Gee is rightward, Haw is leftward. At the competition, the object is to see how many times a contestant can reverse direction of rotation in a short given time.

Also….. while on a hay ride in the Cades Cove area of the Great Smoky National Park, the Park Ranger shared several primative toys for us folks on the ride to see. Among those toys were a Whimmy Diddle, and a snapper. I had seen both before, so I was able to “play along” with the Ranger’s ruse, and she and I were the only ones that could get the Whimmy Diddle and the Snapper to work. One man spent a great deal of time trying to figure out how the Snapper worked…. and after some time, gave up. He handed it back to the Ranger, she and then I both made it work, so he again carefully spent several minutes trying unsuccessfully to find the secret, while the Ranger and I just smiles knowingly at each other. Neither of us revealed the secret.

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#4 posted 02-12-2011 07:26 AM

Two for one? Hey, I want my money back! What? I didn’t pay anything? Uh, uh.

Seriously Steve, those look fun to build. I’m also impressed with your ingenuity with your router jig for the propeller. Thanks for sharing.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#5 posted 02-12-2011 08:01 AM

I just have to build those, great projects.

-- Tom D

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#6 posted 02-12-2011 09:19 AM

This was really funny
Thx Steve, i really enjoyed this video
Greetings from Belgium

-- Erik, Merksem Belgium

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#7 posted 02-12-2011 03:05 PM

Steve, Always enjoy your spirit and videos.

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#8 posted 02-12-2011 03:40 PM

great little gimic´s
and the propeller thing is a great litte project to learn children
to use handtools with I remember we made them in the sloyjd class
and had to plane a stick square and use a knife for the notche´s
and we fancyed them up with colourpaint in the notches and lacked them too

thank´s for sharing and the reminder of a fun project Steve

take care

ps. have you recieved the answer ?

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#9 posted 02-12-2011 04:36 PM

Great little Gee Haw Whimmy Diddle I use to make them all the time out of sticks in the yard it was such fun and would amaze people! great vid!

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#10 posted 02-12-2011 05:49 PM

that was funny

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#11 posted 02-12-2011 08:53 PM

Brilliant and great fun. Thanks, Steve.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#12 posted 02-12-2011 10:58 PM

Oh Gee Steve you keep coming up with these complicated projects and now we got to try a make two things at the same time. Even If we can make these(maybe by the years end) we have to figure how the darn things work. You must think we are Einstein or Norm or even Charles Neil. Please stop putting all that pressure on us,
It’s just to much to handle. :)) LOL
Fun projects Bud glad to see you still keeping us informed and entertained .

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#13 posted 02-13-2011 05:29 AM

Steve… you’re a regular David Blaine!!

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#14 posted 02-13-2011 05:45 PM

I now look forward eagerly to your vids, and your infectious humour.
My two grandsons (7 and 6 and very bright) will be visiting from Ireland in a fortnight, so making these for/with them will be fun, and they can take them home to amuse and amaze their friends.
I’d been wondering what to do for them, so thanks, Steve, you’re an inspiration to us all!
(. . . . . . . Now I’ll have to go and look up ‘Greene & Greene’ !)

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#15 posted 02-18-2011 12:00 AM

Great video! But Don J excuse my ignorance….What’s a fort????night

-- Ridin' and rippin'

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