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A couple years ago, I built several whirligigs. One of those is called The Woman is the Boss and is a fun one to watch.

I like to design and build hand-cranked toys for kids, but I have built so many that I have sort of run out of ideas on new ones.

I got the idea that I could convert some of the whirligig designs from propellor to hand-cranked power, and make some new hand-cranked toys.

I went with a gear drive, and guessed that I wanted a 3:1 speed reduction…......so I made a 2 inch and a 6 inch oak gear on the scroll saw (I print the paper pattern from Sketchup, then white Elmer's glue it to the blank….....then scrub off the pattern when I am done).

There is only a 1/2" throw, or total displacement of 1 inch. I drilled a hole for a 1/4" diameter dowel, that was 1/2" off center. I used a thin piece of brass as the connecting link.

The hardwood portions of the model are red oak, the balance is common pine. I used water based Anita's paints from Hobby Lobby for the colorful parts….....and red dye for the crank handle and 1 dowel retaining pin.

You can see my trials & tribulations on this project on my woodworking web site….......https://dalemaley.webs.com/hand-cranked-woman-is-boss

I had to make a Youtube video, so you can see the model in action…..


I uploaded my Sketchup model to the Sketchup warehouse. You can view or download it here.

The next hand-cranked toy will be converting the man cranking an old Model T from a whirligig to a hand-cranked model.

Thanks!

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that looks familiar especially when I ask for tools GREAT JOB :<))
 

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That's really cool!
 

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I admire your skill on scroll saw. The gears definitely deserve being visible. Good concept to results.
 

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Nice work!

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I admire your skill on scroll saw. The gears definitely deserve being visible. Good concept to results.

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Thanks!

The little kids seem to be smart enough to keep their fingers out of the gears. I had about 20 kids play with my hand-cranked gear driven windmill, and no pinched fingers :)
 

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I know how hard it is to cut those gears and get them right. Very well done project.

The shop pictures also made me feel better too; mine is not the only-non-spotless shop!
 

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I know how hard it is to cut those gears and get them right. Very well done project.

The shop pictures also made me feel better too; mine is not the only-non-spotless shop!

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When I am doing a project, I let stuff build up during that project….........then when I complete the project, I clean up the shop before doing the next project. Once a year, I do a major cleaning.


Here is what it usually looks like when cleaner….....and in between projects…..
 

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I know how hard it is to cut those gears and get them right. Very well done project.

The shop pictures also made me feel better too; mine is not the only-non-spotless shop!

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On the gear cutting on the scroll saw, I have learned you want to error on the side of skinny teeth versus fat teeth. If you have just 1 fat tooth, it may jam up the drive-train. A skinny tool doesn't really impact anything.
 

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Your build is expertly executed - and I know all you men want to build one because your wives are the bosses but personally I'd like to build one for my husband for those times he forgets I AM the boss LOL :)
 

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Dale, take a bow. That is an awesome good whirly/action model. I love me some whimsy, and those are about as whimsical as you can get.

Great job on both the model, and the very good documentation, including the video.

Thanks for posting, you made me smile.
 

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Dale, take a bow. That is an awesome good whirly/action model. I love me some whimsy, and those are about as whimsical as you can get.

Great job on both the model, and the very good documentation, including the video.

Thanks for posting, you made me smile.

- therealSteveN
Thanks!

The fun projects are the ones that make you smile when they are done :)

Dale
 

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Nice work! You captured my life perfectly.
 

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Hahaha…realy funny project!
 
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