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I down-loaded the toy crane plan from Wood magazine, but was surprised by the large size of the toy (almost 2 ft tall). I was actually going to build two of the cranes as Xmas gifts. One each for my 2 grandsons. When I showed it to my wife she said: "It's too big, can't you make it half the size." Since she's usually right about these things - especially about Xmas toys, I began to build a half scale version. Had to fudge a few dimensions and rework the cable spools and knobs a little, but I was actually pleased with the smaller scale results. The smaller one is definitely cuter than the clunky bigger one. Now I have the problem over what kid gets which size crane.
John Z

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John those are great.
Let the kid's decide. :)

But the wife will be right.

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Either way, the kids will love them!
 

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The big one is for grandad, the little ones are for the kids :)
 

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those are great
the grandkids will love them
for a happy life a man must have a happy wife
 

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Looks great
 

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Grinder,
I used maple and walnut. I bought the wheels from a hobby store (not sure what was used on those).
John Z
 

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These are great gifts John, they will provide many years of construction grade fun ! Also I hate to be the one to say it ,but it won't matter which one give to either kid ,they will both want the crane they don't have ! LOL.
 

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From my experience with kids: two little boys + 2 different size toys = brawl.
Especially for good toys like yours crane's.
 

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Fantastic!
 

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I have made two of the cranes. I found that instead of using the lazy susan, use a nylon washer. It will keep the crane from wobbling.
 
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