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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 07-02-2019 03:06 AM 1237 views 4 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a toy I made for our great granddaughter for when she gets a little older. Kids like toys that move and make a lot of noise and this does both. I will put her picture on both sides of the block before I give it to her.
It is 30” tall and had 11 rungs. It should have been 12 so the bock winds up in the same position as when it was started but she won’t know that. I added a plan for it with dimensions and made it a 12 rung ladder and 33” tall.

The ladder is made from maple with walnut cap on the outside. It has 11 – 1/2” dowels in it and they were machined on the router table to 1/4” thick . The block is box elder and you have to tweak it a bit to get it tumble and not stop. I added a 7/16” x 3/8” long piece of brass on one side to mover the center of gravity of the block to keep it moving
Here is a video of it working.
https://youtu.be/ClJQIKPsjlo

The following process shots were taken when I had the camera in the shop:
cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!





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icemanhank

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#1 posted 07-02-2019 03:42 AM

Love it Jim, thanks for the video too.

-- "These are my principles. And if you don't like them, I have others." ... Cheers, David from Sydney Australia

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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 07-02-2019 05:37 AM

Super COOL!

I remember those from a few years ago…

Very interesting and FUN to watch!

She will really enjoy it!

30” high! That’s a BIG ONE compared to what I remember!

Great work!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: https://www.ncwoodworker.net/forums/index.php?media/albums/users/joe-lyddon.1389/

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Bob Collins

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#3 posted 07-02-2019 08:33 AM

Nice one Jim, will really be enjoyed.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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Ivan

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#4 posted 07-02-2019 08:45 AM

GREAT IDEA…NOTHING I LIKE THE MOST AS WOODEN TOYS.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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doubleDD

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#5 posted 07-02-2019 01:18 PM

This sort of rings a bell but I can not pinpoint it exactly from the past. Your grand daughter will be playing with it soon. Maybe have your picture on the other side so she knows grandpa made it. Nice job.

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

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GR8HUNTER

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#6 posted 07-02-2019 02:46 PM

she certainly is a lucky little one to have such a talented GR8GRANDFATHER GREAT JOB :<)))
A WELL DESERVED GENIUS AWARD FOR YOU :<)))))))))))))))))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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Jim Jakosh

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#7 posted 07-02-2019 02:56 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments. I hope she likes it when she starts walking.

Hi Joe. I have a 13” one I made for a challenge for Steve Ramsey and I just scaled it up to make this one. At that time I could not make a video to send I so I lost out on the prize!! That one has Steve’s photo on both sides of the block.!

Hi Dave, I like your idea of both our pictures on it!!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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lew

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#8 posted 07-02-2019 03:31 PM

That should keep her busy for hours!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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James E McIntyre

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#9 posted 07-02-2019 04:47 PM

Very clever and nicely executed.

-- James E McIntyre

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Jim Jakosh

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#10 posted 07-02-2019 06:12 PM

Thanks Lew and James!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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leafherder

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#11 posted 07-02-2019 08:50 PM

I remember playing with one of those at grandma’s house (50+ years ago) Not much else to do in a small town in the middle of Kansas, but it was a lot of fun.

Great job and may she pass it down to her own great grandchild.

Thanks for sharing and bringing back happy memories.

-- Leafherder

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Jim Jakosh

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#12 posted 07-02-2019 10:36 PM

Thanks , John.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Grumpy

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#13 posted 07-03-2019 12:24 AM

A great noisy mover toy that will outlast anything you can buy today Jim.

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

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Jim Jakosh

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#14 posted 07-03-2019 01:34 AM

Thanks, Tony. That’s true. No plastic to break and no batteries to run down or electronics to fail!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Cliff

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#15 posted 07-08-2019 07:09 AM

Great project Jim.

Cliff

-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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