Kyra's Guillotine

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Project by greg48 posted 10-10-2021 10:40 PM 1065 views 3 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My grand daughter approached me for some help building a model guillotine for her world history class, and I agreed to assist her. She found the plans she liked from the web ( and I found enough material in my scrap bin to make it (red oak, maple, ¼” ply, and 1/8” hardboard)

To better understand the instructions and check the dimensions, I modeled the plans with Sketch Up. We ripped up some ¾” oak and half lapped the pieces of the frame and table components, dadoed the uprights for the blade to ride in and pulleys in the headworks. A couple of YiaYia’s sewing machine bobbins found their way into the headworks for the pulley system.

All the connecting pieces were glued and pinned with finishing brads. Being it’s nearly Halloween, I suggested splattering some of the pieces with red paint, which got her to making some plans for little sisters Barbie doll. I think Kyra and YiaYia are out looking for a small basket – I didn’t ask why.

I know this was not much of a fine crafted build, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share my shop with my grand daughter and our adventures with all you’ all.

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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#1 posted 10-10-2021 11:24 PM

i think Kyra is going to get excellent marks in class GREAT JOB :<))) BOTH YOU

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

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#2 posted 10-10-2021 11:27 PM

Neat little project, and yes just in time for Holloween. Always a good time in the shop with grand kids.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#3 posted 10-10-2021 11:36 PM

Great little project…

All that’s missing is the poor persecuted Ken doll.

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

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#4 posted 10-10-2021 11:58 PM

nice job.

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#5 posted 10-11-2021 01:17 AM

Nice history project.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#6 posted 10-11-2021 01:55 AM

Very much like your guillotine. I was asked to make one for Halloween decoration recently only bigger. Nice job.

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

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#7 posted 10-11-2021 02:46 AM

That would make an awesome Cigar Cutter!

-- "My greatest fear is that upon my demise, my wife will sell my tools for what I said I paid for them."

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#8 posted 10-11-2021 03:20 AM

That’s one way to get a head in her class … great job on the construction.

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#9 posted 10-11-2021 04:04 AM

Fun project and time with granddaughter, perfect.

-- No matter where you go, there ya are!l

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#10 posted 10-11-2021 04:08 AM

Truly a project on the cutting edge,well done!


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#11 posted 10-11-2021 04:17 AM

A pretty slick build, and time with your Granddaughter, clearly a win win.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#12 posted 10-11-2021 10:01 AM

Nice job.

-- Petey

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#13 posted 10-11-2021 12:26 PM

nice build, that will surely get top marks

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#14 posted 10-11-2021 01:04 PM

That’s cool. A real learning project. I love the bobbins for pulleys!!!!!!!!!

I remember back to sixth grade and we were studying medieval history and we made a castle, battering rams a catapult and a trebuchet. This would have fit right in there.

Cheers,, Jim

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

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#15 posted 10-11-2021 01:07 PM

Nice job and got to share shop time with your grand daughter, a win-win.

-- Dave, Vancouver, WA & Tucson, AZ

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