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Project by Ron Smith posted 06-26-2017 01:36 PM 1888 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made this for a first birthday present. Looks like a hit with the kiddos

-- Thank God for sawdust... Ron. TX resident...

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#1 posted 06-26-2017 02:06 PM

The simplest things keep them occupied and they learn and advance motor skills without knowing it. Looks great.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#2 posted 06-26-2017 03:00 PM

Great idea!

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#3 posted 06-26-2017 03:18 PM

Love it! One of these has been on my build list since my 4 year old was a one year old…now his little brother is a year old and still haven’t gotten around to making one! haha maybe yours will be t he inspiration I need to get around to it!

-- "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." - Theodore Roosevelt

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#4 posted 06-26-2017 06:51 PM

This is very nice, Ron. The kids will love it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 06-27-2017 12:49 AM

These are so useful, great idea

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

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#6 posted 06-27-2017 01:05 PM

nifty idea, I like it allot.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#7 posted 06-28-2017 03:33 AM

Really novel idea!
Enough to keep idle hands busy and noisy.
Have you thought about mass production for pediatric waiting rooms? ..... DON’T!

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#8 posted 07-02-2017 12:33 AM

Nice job Ron and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#9 posted 09-26-2017 12:32 PM

Great idea RS.

From this post t is obvious you enjoy making things for kiddies. Sometime in my travels I was made aware of an article which pictured the following components that was “advertised” as the common parts used in most kiddies automations,

These components combined with clever gearing could make some very interesting children’s toys (or complex dust collectors),

I haven’t really followed this up as not too many people have access to CNC and/or laser and I don’t have/know of any ankle bitters to pass them onto (if made). However, from your projects I noticed you have access to a CNC and a laser.

If you are at all interested, I have the components in a Sketchup file (or as “lazerable” PDF) which I can make available through my DropBox. How to get from SketchUp (or PDF or CorelDraw .CDR) into CNC able, I have no idea, but I do know it can be done.

I am suggesting this more because you have a CNC that can process thicker timber as my laser has a 7mm thickness limit and that is far too kiddie fragile.

Reply here or PM me if you are interested.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#10 posted 09-26-2017 01:12 PM

Hey there, LBD! Of course I’m interested! Would need a .pdf version as I don’t do sketch-up… I would be happy to do a shared drop box, or you can email me at [email protected] Thanks for thinking of this!

-- Thank God for sawdust... Ron. TX resident...

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#11 posted 04-11-2018 06:16 PM

Very neat

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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