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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 12-17-2012 04:47 AM 3783 views 26 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed some toys to take to my friend’s grandsons in Chandler,Az., so I made another
Trick Cube on a Rope and a Buzz Saw or it is called a Button on a String. I showed how they work in a couple of pictures and I added the plan for the Buzz Saw.
The Trick Cube just has two holes drilled it at 10 degrees so the rope is off set about 1/4” inside so it stops when you pull the rope tight. The buzz saw works by pulling the handles in and out and it spins and the holes make a whining sound.

The buzz saw is mahogany and the rest of the parts are pine.

These may be the last projects of the year!..............Jim

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

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#1 posted 12-17-2012 04:53 AM

When we were kids, my brother and I would make the button spinners and get them spinning as fast as we could then burn each other on the leg. Those little spinning buttons would HURT!

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#2 posted 12-17-2012 05:06 AM

Very good, Jim…

A video would show these better than the Stills…

Looks like they are COOL toys…. But, due to circumstances beyond my mind control, I can’t quite SEE how they work!

... getting OLD is the PITTS! LOL

Sorry to be so dense…

Have a good one…

Thank you…

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#3 posted 12-17-2012 05:34 AM

Good one. I am always on the lookout for things to make to keep my daughters interested in woodwork. They should like this.

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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#4 posted 12-17-2012 05:37 AM

Fun projects good job

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#5 posted 12-17-2012 05:54 AM

Nice toys to fill the stocking, good work Jim.

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

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#6 posted 12-17-2012 06:56 AM

Hey you’re just a big Kid there Jim ::: ))))
You have a good one on the 25th Mate

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#7 posted 12-17-2012 11:20 AM

Kids today need these types o toys.

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#8 posted 12-17-2012 11:50 AM

Love the button toy – yours turned out very well…

Thanks for sharing

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#9 posted 12-17-2012 12:18 PM

Great looking toys. I used to raid my Mother’s sewing box for big coat buttons and some crochet thread. I may have to make a couple from some pretty wood for my nephew and niece. Somebody a few days ago posted a project that showed a jig to cut parts for a marshmallow gun… So far I’ve made 5 of them and everybody that sees them wants one too. I guess I’ll have to build a few of these too.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#10 posted 12-17-2012 12:38 PM


My grandmother used to put big buttons on a string when I was a kid and we played with them for hours. Thanks for bringing back some fond memories with this project.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#11 posted 12-17-2012 02:06 PM

Nice project(s). Good to see the simple, old toys from when we were little—much better than video games, at least from my perspective.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#12 posted 12-17-2012 02:19 PM

Thanks for the nice comments, guys!! These are fun to make because they are quick to build and they work so well. I made my first button on a string twice the diameter and spread out the center holes a bit and made them larger. Man did that thing fly. It went so fast it broke every type of string, rope and Kevlar fishing line I used on it. I have some polyester rope on it now but I cannot run it too hard or it breaks the rope and takes off across the floor!!

I guess I never had one of these when I was a kid. The project we are working on says these are from the 1860 era. I’m old, but not that old!!.................JIm

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

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#13 posted 12-17-2012 02:34 PM

Oh, Jim, that button toy conjured up a bad/good memory. The worst whipping I ever got was for deliberately putting it in my bratty sister’s hair. After my mother finally got it untangled, she tore my a$$ up!

Need to make some of these for my great-grandkids. Maybe I can watch some of the boys get theirs torn up for putting them in their cousins’ hair.

Great post. Thanks for the memories.
Have a good’un


-- rejo55, East Texas

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#14 posted 12-17-2012 03:00 PM

Hi Joe. I don’t know if you can read the fine print on those instruction above but they say that in the old days , the boys would tangle these thing in the girls pigtails!!
Just thinking about energy savings..a guy could do this to a 10” saw blade and cross cut without electricity!!Ha Ha
I hope OSHA is not reading this!!


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

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#15 posted 12-17-2012 03:54 PM

Outstanding natural wooden toys are my first choice. I think kids should more apretiate them.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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