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Mini Medieval Crane

02-06-2017 05:14 PM by ShaunMeighan | 0 comments »

Over the weekend I got a new table saw and this was one of my first projects! It is not perfect but I wanted it to look old and used so that work for me. View on YouTube

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Toy Construction #5: Crane Tower day 3&4

12-17-2015 02:03 AM by htl | 7 comments »

Making wheelsI’ve never really took time to make any wheels for my toys so it’s a great time to learn what I can do with the few tool I have.I cut out the wheels with a hole saw then made a jig to sand them smooth and round.I made a jig to cut out the tread and used the router but the treads would need a ton a sanding so using the same jig I tried it on the table saw and with a skill saw thin cut blade they turned out with a much cleaner tread. Drilled out the center of the wh...

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Toy Construction #4: Tower build day two

12-14-2015 01:50 AM by htl | 5 comments »

Did a bunch a sanding.I’m big on getting things sanded but it’s o so hard stopping in the middle of building to sand the stuff that will be easier now then later.Built the counter weight sliding pulley bracket and router a bunch a holes.Then sand sand sand. I was warned “Do not use the lazy Susan hardware for the pivot. It wobbles too much.” I really didn’t want to go with the plans on that so glad for the heads up!!!So here’s what I’m going to...

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Toy Construction #3: Building a Tower Crane day 1

12-13-2015 01:24 AM by htl | 4 comments »

I got started on a tower crane today while I wait for my Toys and Joys plans to get here for the Excavator.I’ve got the plans for the Woodstore.net Excavator but I want to try my hand at making the tracks and could probable figure them out but why reinvent the wheel when all I have to do is wait a couple a days and get it right. I know there’s a lot of info here but I figure if your looking at this blog your interested in how it was built or may be getting ready to make your ow...

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Building a Cranky Crane #7: Ready for Paint

08-26-2013 11:14 AM by Dave Rutan | 0 comments »

Cranky is now ready for paint and the final decorations. The plan is to paint him primer gray overall. The control knobs will be red, and the crane boom will be black. The head will be finished by the addition of decals which I will make in AutoCAD and apply via decoupage. His face will be a slightly altered picture from Google, again applied through decoupage. The decorative elements of the base will be added through wood strips painted black. Mechanically he functions well, but I’...

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Building a Cranky Crane #6: Ready for Assembly

08-24-2013 12:06 PM by Dave Rutan | 1 comment »

Well, the parts are just about ready for assembly. One cannot believe how many little things have to be done on a project like this, whether it’s drilling one more little hole, or having to figure a way to attach the bottom of the base so that it can be removed. The photo above shows the assembled gear block and a shaft for the crank. The photo below shows the gear block on its side so you can see how the head shaft is hollow to allow the string to run up to the head from a w...

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Building a Cranky Crane #5: Progress

08-22-2013 05:17 PM by Dave Rutan | 0 comments »

I need to go out for a small part, but as I set my safety gear on the table I noticed the nice hodge-podge of parts from this project. The only camera I had at the moment is my phone, so apologies for the picture quality. Yesterday I found exactly what I needed for the hollow, rotating shaft which will turn Cranky’s head. I was thinking I needed a plastic tube of 1/2 inch diameter. The plumbing department didn’t have it. Even the metal tubes they sell to hook up faucets ...

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Building a Cranky Crane #4: Eureka, Grr and Okay

08-20-2013 08:29 PM by Dave Rutan | 2 comments »

Been trying to think of an easy way to drill a pretty large hole down the length of a 3 inch dowel. While walking past my dowel storage space I spotted a length of bamboo I had left over from an attempt at making a recorder. Bamboo is hollow and thus does not need drilling! But alas, This piece of bamboo is a bit large. I need a piece with an outer diameter no bigger than 3/4 inches. I went out to the two places close by where I had previously seen bamboo for sale cheap. Neither p...

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Building a Cranky Crane #3: The Gears

08-19-2013 11:15 AM by Dave Rutan | 1 comment »

The head of the crane must spin 360 degrees as controlled by a crank handle on one side of the base. Since the rotary motion of the crank is 90 degrees off from that of the head, I needed to figure out a way to change the direction of this motion, preferably something home made, not purchased. (Though if something had been readily available, cheap and better, I would have put out the money.) Using my smallest hole saw, I cut a few wheels from a piece of 3/8 in. hardwood. My first idea was...

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Building a Cranky Crane #2: The Base

08-18-2013 12:10 AM by Dave Rutan | 0 comments »

I grabbed a piece of my valuable and ever decreasing drawer wood because it’s only 3/8 inches thick. I drew the base on the wood using a sliding bevel set to the angle indicated on my drawing. It doesn’t look right—too slim, so I adjusted the angle a bit. Looks much better just by adding 1/2 inch to the base. Using my panel cutting sled to cut the one side. The thought occurs to me that I’ll be able to make all 4 sides the same by cutting them using my first side...

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