Sidewalk Spirograph

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Project by dogsop posted 04-02-2016 06:05 PM 2409 views 17 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was built for our local library. They will use it on their outdoor activity days.

I can’t take any credit for the idea, the original is here. The original was 8’ in diameter but we built this one 4’ in diameter.

The outer ring was created in 4 pieces to make it easier to store. Each gear rolls on three ball transfer units which are mounted into disks that sit above the body of the gear and hold the gear approximately 1/4” off of the sidewalk. Both the ring and the gears were cut from 1/2” plywood.

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#1 posted 04-02-2016 09:34 PM

That is too cool. I’m sure the kids wil have alot of fun with it.
Well done.

-- John

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#2 posted 04-02-2016 11:44 PM

Awesome of you to do this! Kudos!

-- So many tools, so little money. *heavy sigh*

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#3 posted 04-03-2016 02:18 AM

To heck with the kids! I’d love playing with it!!!

Well Done!!!!

-- Rod P.........OLD GUY......Learning new things!

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#4 posted 04-03-2016 11:51 AM

That is awesome.
I know a few kids who love this.

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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#5 posted 04-03-2016 12:36 PM

That’s genius. Well done.

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#6 posted 04-03-2016 02:55 PM

Inspired! Or should I say in-SPIRO-ed? My local art center would love that for their annual “Art on the Playground” event. Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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#7 posted 04-04-2016 09:50 AM

This is fantastic. A lot of fun for kids!

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#8 posted 04-06-2016 01:27 PM

Great idea, looks like lots of fun.

-- Chris K

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