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It seems the new versions of this classic toy, only last a few hours. The new versions use a plastic ring with 3 nubs to create friction on the wood pegs. The 3 nubs wear out very quickly.

For my grandson, I went back to a 1981 design that I tried in 1982. It used a piece of spring steel to create the friction. I don't remember the details now, but I gave up on making that one….......I had too much trouble with the spring steel.

Since then, I have learned that Ash wood makes a great natural spring. So I revised the old 1981 design to use an Ash wood spring, and it seems to work great.

Then my wife got the idea that I should use clear acrylic so the child can see the pegs going around the track, as he pounds the toy. I had some McMaster-Carr acrylic sheet left over from a previous project…......so I used it on this project. She had a good idea :)

The 3/4" dowels are oak, the top is maple, and the rest is pine. I chose to paint the curved block white, so the peg colors would show up better.

I made a Youtube video showing the toy in action…......


You can see the details of how I built this on my woodworking web site.

Hopefully, the Grandson will get many hours of fun from this toy!

Thanks

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Great re-design and build. The ash spring should last for a long time. Nice thought concerning the acrylic so the action of the pegs can be seen. Thanks for posting and I added to favorites as I have two grandchildren which may benefit from this post, too.
 

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Neatly modified! It will make noise for a long time now, with a happy pounder!
 

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Great idea!
 

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Really nice project and good fun for the grand kids!
I hope you sent it home with him!
 
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