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  1. Dynamo Men

    John Hutchinson's design for the Dynamo Men lamp is in the Dec/Jan issue of Woodcraft magazine. I went to John's web site and ordered the parts kit to build one model. The web site to order the parts kit is here. John posted about doing this article on this web site here. John chose to use...
  2. Latest model dump semi-trailer

    This is my new project for a customer, a dump semi-trailer built from an original. This one is a 3 axles, it is also available in 2 axles version. I have use my new wheels models. This model is made with blood wood and I have inserted black wood and maple as molding. I also shows other versions...
  3. LADDER TRUCK

    PADAUK, OAK, MAPLE
  4. 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...
  5. An other type of wheel for wooden model

    After many try, I finaly came up with an other kind of wheel for woodem truck model. They are 3 parts model, a disk, a rim and the tire. The tire is made from oak, treated with vinegar and steel to blacken it. The disk and rim could be made from any wood spiecies you want to use. You can use...
  6. 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...
  7. Old Ford Truck

    I like old trucks. I saw a picture of a Ford V3000 online and thought it would be fun to try and make a model of one. I did not have any detailed plans but in addition to the photos online I also found a line drawing showing top, front, rear, side and bottom views which I was able to scale...
  8. 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...
  9. M1A1 Abrams Tank

    The pictures above are of my latest piece. it is an M1A1 Abrams Tank I built for my Nephew. He is a former US Army Sargent and "Tanker" who had 2 tours in Iraq. This piece represents 120 hours and over 1000 pieces. the base is made from a piece of "live edge" Walnut with the end caps of Cherry.
  10. Figured out how to draw Worm Gear in Sketchup

    I originally posted this completed project on this web site back in 2013 and this is a link to that posting. Back then, I was relatively knew to using Sketchup, and I did not know how to draw the worm gear. I was able to make the gear using this basic process: -at every 90 degrees around the...
  11. 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...
  12. Hand-Cranked Wood Chain Model

    I always wanted to try making a chain drive from wood, and I saw a model in the book shown. The book had the hand-cranked model in a vertical gear configuration….......I changed this to a horizonal gear set-up. Every project has a few key things which must be right. In this project, I think...
  13. Hand-cranked wood model of Alternative Crankshaft Design

    I have made over 20 wood hand-cranked models for kids to play with. Before the virus, I would take them to several different community events, set them up on a 4×8 piece of plywood on sawhorses, and the kids would have a ball playing with them [often the adults had as much fun as the kids!]. I...
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
  16. Ariculated truck

    Model made from TJ plan, use yellow heart wood for the body and ebonized oak for the wheels. A lot of détails on this one.
  17. Delicate scroll saw Butterfly.

    This butterfly model is standing on a purple heart base. The wings are cut from 1/8" thick poplar. The body is 1/4" thick walnut. The legs are copper wire. This one was fun to make and as always all my patterns are free to download form my blog if you would like to give it a try. Thanks for looking.
  18. Latice model Crane

    Good day, this is the first of 2 Latice Crane I've produce from T&J plan. It is made of Blood Wood, Yellow Heart and other species. It took me about 35 houres to complete. Verry chalanging project, lot of smalll parts and details. You have to have a good knoledge of woodworking to realise this...
  19. Hand-Operated Wooden Worm Gear Model

    I have made a lot of hand-operated wood models. The book Building Wooden Machines by Bridgewater & Bridgewater has a neat pattern for a worm gear model. To add some color to the model, I used padauk for the 2 bearings and purple heartwood for the crank. I also dyed the pegs on the bearings. The...
  20. New Excavator

    Just completed the Excavator, a very challenging one, the plan miss some infos, there is even some item not drawn, but with experience you can go around. I use Yellow heart for the body, ebonized oak for the base and various wood for the accent. The challenge is in the track, they are 3/16"...
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