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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 1" Marble Dispenser Wood Model

    Several years ago, I made a marble dispenser that used the smaller 5/8" size marbles. Both kids and adults love to play with it…......it is like an old-fashioned gumball machine. I decided to make a new model using the larger 1" diameter marbles, and modify the design so the user can see...
  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 wood model of 2 crankshafts and 1 piston

    I saw a computer simulation of this mechanism on Youtube and decided it would make an interesting and colorful hand-cranked wood model. I used red oak for the base and 2 main vertical pieces. The moving pieces are made from hard maple, and then dyed with a water based dye. The finished model...
  5. Hand-cranked Whitworth Mechanism Wood Model

    I saw a simulation of the Whitworth mechanism on Youtube, and decided I could convert it to a hand-cranked wood model for the kids. The colored parts are all hard maple, the rest is white oak. I scroll sawed the 3 gears. I generated the gear design using free program GearDXF.Exe, print it on...
  6. Hand-cranked Carpenter Automaton

    I saw this automaton on a YouTube video done by Ben Brandt, and I had to make one for myself. I put the design into Google Sketchup. The entire assembly is built of common pine. There is a total of 4 cams…..... 1. lift arm and hammer 2. lift nail 3. rotate head right 4. rotate head left It...
  7. Hand-Cranked Hens Laying Eggs

    I saw this neat cam driven hand-cranked automaton on a Youtube video by Al Conquergood. This thing was so cool, I had to make one for myself. My biggest challenge was how to make the 4 hens. Al hand-carved his chickens. I am not a hand-carver. For my chickens, I borrowed a technique from...
  8. Double-Fall Marble Game

    I have built several hand-cranked marble games of the same design before. I posted them on this web site here. Recently, someone contacted me and wanted to know where they could get a pattern for a different design of marble game. This game has the marbles dropping in two different falls. He...
  9. Kissing couple wood automaton

    I saw this hand-cranked wood automaton on a Youtube video, and it was so cute, I just had to make one. The whole model is made out of pine. I made a Youtube video showing my Kissing Couple in action…..... For more information on how I built this cute wood automaton, see my woodworking web...
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