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Project by GnarlyErik posted 03-29-2014 09:52 PM 2009 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My granddaughter asked for stilts, and these are the result. Being dissatisfied with the idea of a simple and sensible easily made pair, I opted for a complex laminated and curved pair. In retrospect, the added complexity and work is not worth the gain, so any future stilts I build will have simple, straight non-laminated legs, but will include the articulated feet. (NOTE: if you have several grand children close in age, you should probably make nearly identical things for each of them to forestall any complaints!)

The legs are five layers of spruce cut from lumber yard two-bys, with curves laminated in, intended to make it more comfortable for the user by bringing the upper ends further behind the shoulders in use.

The steps have a piece of 1/4” rod set into them at a fifteen degree angle to engage holes drilled at 2” intervals for height adjustment. The ‘feet’ are the articulated part, and have metal ‘hinges’ which rotate on pins which attach them to the legs. The idea is for them to have enough surface area so the legs do not sink into the the ground when used on softer soil. Metal bands hold the steps to the legs and they may easily be adjusted by bumping them with the hand to disengage the pins from the holes.

The pictures should be self explanatory.

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#1 posted 03-29-2014 10:04 PM

Video, we MUST have video! Pretty cool. Would love to see them in action.

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#2 posted 03-29-2014 10:44 PM

Love the little red shoes !!! Maybe some ruby slippers for the girls?

But speaking of slippers, you might want to add non-slip soles to the shoes. Or maybe just cast the legs in little high-top sneakers.

Great ergonomic design, Erik.

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#3 posted 03-29-2014 10:47 PM

As kids, we used to use a couple old 2X4’s and a few nails to make stilts … but they were NEVER this cool!

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#4 posted 03-29-2014 11:56 PM

I made a pair of these when I was a kid. Nothing this spectacular. I spent hours on those things. These are great, your grand kids will love them

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#5 posted 03-30-2014 12:25 AM

Looks like fun

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#6 posted 03-30-2014 01:16 AM

Pretty cool!

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#7 posted 04-03-2014 03:45 PM

Cool and fancy stilts! Kids will get loads of fun with it. Great job!

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