Wood Mag Construction Crane

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Project by johnstoneb posted 12-27-2014 01:53 PM 1739 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this crane from wood magazines plans for my grandson’s Christmas. I made a few changes. To keep the boom from coming apart when extended I cut a dado in one side of the first two boom sections then put a dowel in the corresponding section and peened the end of the boom extension locking screw so they couldn’t be screwed all the way out and lost in a sandbox. I brought a return back to the boom on the line going through the hook primarily because it added some realism. I may end up taking that loose and just hooking direct to the hook. It is getting a lot of twist in the line and some times can’t winch the line in without taking out the twist. It seems to be a hit.

It built from maple and walnut with two coats of lacquer.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#1 posted 12-27-2014 02:01 PM

Great great and great again! Fantastice build Grandpa!
Try putting a fishing swivel on the line back to the boom, that should release the twist.

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#2 posted 12-27-2014 02:38 PM

And someday he will say, “Here you go Buddy, my Grandfather gave this to me, it can go with the dump truck I made for you.”

-- "Not skilled enough to wipe jam on toast!"

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#3 posted 12-27-2014 05:03 PM

That crane will erect anything your grandson can imagine. Awesome work Bruce.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#4 posted 12-27-2014 05:08 PM

Outstanding! Lucky Grandson.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#5 posted 12-27-2014 09:01 PM

Where was this crane when I was a youngster. Well done.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#6 posted 12-27-2014 10:22 PM

Very well done Bruce, that’s a great crane and the little bloke looks like he’s giving it a shack down putting it thru it’s paces… From the looks of it he has most of the construction series there on the floor with him. Got to love a “pa” who builds first class wooden toys for fun & play. TOP MARKS!!

Do you have any photos/details of the boom modifications please, you could share, thank you.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#7 posted 12-28-2014 12:33 AM

Great way to keep it all together, wonderful looking crane

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#8 posted 12-28-2014 12:34 AM

The only picture I have is the one posted shows the dado cut in the first section. The next section has a 1/4” dowel that indexes with the dado. It also has another groove in it and the top section has a dowel that indexes with that groove. When putting together assemble and glue the top section. I glued the 1st and 2nd sections into 3 sided boxes when they were dry. I put the top section into the middle section glued the top on when it was dry indexed everything into the bottom section and glued. Be extremely careful with the glue don’t want to glue the sections together.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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