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Hand-cranked gear driven windmill toy

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Project by DaleMaley posted 10-28-2018 08:47 PM 768 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have built so many different types of hand-cranked wood toys for the grandkids, I have sort of run out of ideas for new hand-cranked toys. I saw a plastic toy that was hand-cranked, used 5 gears, to drive a propellor or windmill. I decided to adapt the plastic design over to an all-wood design.

I used the free GearDXF program to design the gears….........imported the designs into Sketchup, then printed off full scale paper patterns. I white Elmer glued the paper patterns to the red oak gear blanks, then cut them on the scroll saw.

On past hand-cranked wood toys, I just used a 1/4” or 3/8” diameter dowel glued to a round wheel, to make the hand crank. This means the crank pin must turn in your hand as you crank.

On the old time hand-cranked tools, like grinders or drills, the handle rotates with respect to the wheel…....meaning the handle you grip stays in the same location in your hand as you crank. I was able to incorporate this feature into this toy.

I made a Youtube video, showing this toy in action….........

https://youtu.be/C_dHwu9y5G8

The grandkids [and many adults] should have fun playing with this new toy!

For more details on how I built this toy, see my woodworking web site.

-- Dale, Illinois, http://dalemaley.webs.com/





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ralbuck

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#1 posted 10-28-2018 09:23 PM

Very nicely made.

Fast cranking should get you a good breeze as the gears are speeding up the fan rotations.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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DaleMaley

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#2 posted 10-28-2018 09:31 PM



Very nicely made.

Fast cranking should get you a good breeze as the gears are speeding up the fan rotations.

- ralbuck

Thanks!

The gear ratio is 1.57:1, so yes, you can feel the breeze if you crank it up :)

-- Dale, Illinois, http://dalemaley.webs.com/

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therealSteveN

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#3 posted 10-29-2018 03:01 AM

I’m thinking you smile a lot when the grandkids play with these crank toys. It was fun just watching the video.

Thanks for sharing.

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#4 posted 10-29-2018 06:25 AM

Sounds like fun project to me.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 03-21-2019 07:17 AM

Haha! You need to come up with a whole line of these “household tools” that are manually powered. I reckon you could get your grandkids to churn butter or sew clothes or something! Just kidding.

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DaleMaley

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#6 posted 03-21-2019 01:56 PM



Haha! You need to come up with a whole line of these “household tools” that are manually powered. I reckon you could get your grandkids to churn butter or sew clothes or something! Just kidding.

- ChristopherJames

The hand cranked fan is probably one of the most popular toys with the kids….......they can feel the breeze blowing on their face when they crank it up to speed. The best thing is, the batteries never wear down on these toys !

Thanks!

-- Dale, Illinois, http://dalemaley.webs.com/

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