Toy wooden vacuum

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Project by sugarpine posted 06-11-2015 03:30 AM 4066 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A client wanted a wooden vacuum for her daughter modeled after a red plastic vacuum. The plastic vac had an electronics package that provided the sound of a vacuum and a light. I was able to incorporate the electronics into my version. It’s 26” tall, made from zebrano, walnut, cherry and poplar. Six rare earth magnets keep the vacuum upright when it’s not being played with. The wheel axles are 3/8” diameter hex head bolts glued into the frame with epoxy. I didn’t think standard wood axle pegs would hold up. There’s a separate steel rod that attaches the upright to the body and allows the upright to swivel.

-- sugarpine

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#1 posted 06-11-2015 11:41 AM

Nice work, can no longer say I have never seen one of these before.

-- Chris K

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#2 posted 06-11-2015 04:56 PM

As a design engineer who used to make vacuums (Oreck), you sir have done a fine job. Why cant people ask me to make something like this?

-- Don't blame me, I voted for no one.

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#3 posted 06-11-2015 08:42 PM

I’ve never seen a wooden toy vacuum but you sure did a beautiful job on it. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 06-11-2015 08:51 PM

Cool ! Nice job

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#5 posted 11-14-2015 02:33 AM

Love it! Do you have a link for the electronics? I have a little friend who would probably like to have one of these!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#6 posted 11-14-2015 07:19 PM

Mike (mikeacg) – the electrons package for the wooden upright vacuum came out of a plastic toy vacuum that the customer provided. It’s shape dictated the shape of the wooden body. I had to grind off some plastic in a few places to make it work for me. As I recall the plastic toy vac ’s logo was “Red Devil Upright”. I blurred out the logo for the post.

-- sugarpine

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#7 posted 11-15-2015 11:59 PM

I should have read your post closer and I would have known that but thanks for setting me straight. I’ll have to look for something like that next chance I get to visit a city. Great idea of re-purposing a ready made toy!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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