Kid Crane riding toy

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Project by Steve Moseley posted 11-16-2008 05:27 AM 21168 views 44 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are a few pictures from the toy crane I finished for my son.

The crane has a two piece hub that the rope winds up on. The inner hub is not visible and is connected to the steel rod that passes through it’s center. The outer hub is what the rope winds up on. Each hub has 4 1/2” diameter rare earth magnets that line up with each other. If too much weight is put on the rope then the magnets slip and the outer hub spins. With the twist of a screw driver the two piece hub can be made to act like a solid one piece hub. It is constructed mainly out of baltic birch with parts from several online sources.

It is very sturdy and strong enough for an adult to ride on as well. He has played with it a lot and has not once come close to tipping it over thanks to the wide base. The neighbor kids love it as well.

-- Steve

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#1 posted 11-16-2008 05:33 AM

Beyond cool.

-- john

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#2 posted 11-16-2008 05:56 AM

Thats great, bet he loves it, what a lucky little guy. Did you design this or find a set of plans?

-- Dan Wiggins

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#3 posted 11-16-2008 06:07 AM

Great project, and a satisfied customer!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 11-16-2008 06:41 AM

Dan – I designed it and created plans for it at the request of some people I know that wanted to build one themselves.

-- Steve

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#5 posted 11-16-2008 09:35 AM

The happy look on your son’s face made this project a total success my friend :).. I find that smile in my life very familiar, that is a very good pic :) I have seen it before on my own son’s face and it “just get’s ya where it counts” especially when he “helps’ me in the woodshop…but ya gotta love it :) that smile makes it all worthwhile my friend. ...

Be well and thanks for the post…God Bless Ya’ll..and Nice Work and Nice Project…

-- Frank, Dallas,TX , , “I have a REALLY BIG chainsaw”

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#6 posted 11-16-2008 02:26 PM

Hi gorgeous!
What’s the most happiest thing to do than being able to make him happy?
Great work great design.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#7 posted 11-16-2008 02:49 PM

My son saw the video and loved it. How would someone interested in building one for their kid go about getting that plan?

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#8 posted 11-16-2008 07:20 PM

Yes, please let us all know how we can get these plans. My boys would love one.

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#9 posted 11-16-2008 08:18 PM

At the request of several people the site where you can get the plans is Contact me if you have any questions.

-- Steve

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#10 posted 11-16-2008 09:43 PM

I bet nearly any kid would love one of those.Nice job.

-- Dustygirl..Hastings,Ontario.. How much wood can 1 gal chuck if 1 gal can't cut wood?

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#11 posted 11-16-2008 09:56 PM

Great looking project. I bet your son just loves it. It looks like fun. I’d love to make one for my grandson, where do you get the plans?

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#12 posted 11-18-2008 02:44 AM

Sweet! Way to go Dad.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#13 posted 11-19-2008 07:08 AM

Wow, that is so great my 2 year old boy would love this…

-- JAnderson: Columbus, OH

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#14 posted 12-18-2009 12:09 AM

Very cool design.

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#15 posted 01-10-2010 07:06 AM

Cool, I’m sure it’s a blast! Thanks for the link.

-- Jen loves wood!

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