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  1. Hand-cranked Woman is Boss wood model

    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...
  2. Hand-Cranked wood model of Scissors Lift Platform

    I like to convert mechanisms to hand-cranked wood models for kids to learn and play with. Before the virus, I would take my 50+ wood models to public shows several times a year and often the adults had as much fun as the kids. The challenge for me on this project was making the wood threads on...
  3. Hand-Cranked Worm Gear Driven Large Marble Dispenser

    I made a direct drive version of this and it was ok except you can dispense all 6 marbles in less than 6 seconds…..which is very fast. If I use a worm gear drive, I can slow it down so it takes longer to dispense all 6 marbles. About 4 seconds per marble would be about right, which is 15 RPM...
  4. Hand-Cranked Whale Swimming Through the Ocean

    I have built quite a collection of wood hand-cranked toys, close to 50 total. I take them to family and community events several times a year…...........and the kids…......as well as the adults love them. I have about run out of ideas of new hand-cranked designs to build. One of my...
  5. Hand-Cranked Golfing Automaton

    I have built many hand-cranked wood toys for kids to operate and I display them at community events in normal years with no virus. I got the idea to have a male golfer make an easy shot up a hill….....and a female golfer who makes a looping and much more difficult shot. After much testing, I...
  6. Hand-Cranked Pyramid Roller Ball Mechanism

    After building the very complicated Brass marble lifting mechanism, I decided I needed a break and would do a very simple new project. Here is a link to the Brass marble lifting mechanism. I chose another simple project from the Building Wooden Machines book, a pyramid roller ball mechanism...
  7. #2 Pyramid Roller Ball Mechanism using Square Hole shaft method

    I made this first one of these last week, And I was not happy with how straight my 3 axle holes were, which impacted how well the wood balls rotated when you crank it. I posted this project on this web site, you can use this link to see it. When I was doing a previous project, I ran across a...
  8. Blogs
    Miter Jack A few months ago, I bought a miter jack, thinking that I would need to be making some 45 degree miters for the upcoming box swap. Since then, I've changed my plans for what I'm going to build (I got better at dovetails, mostly) and might not be doing miters, but figured that I would...
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