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Blog entry by Metrotek posted 02-22-2012 01:06 AM 4347 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s some more unreal stuff Hardwood; aren’t those huge toys just incredible? There are so many of you really wonderfully talented people in the universe, what a blessing. Those ones shown in the link Hardwood sent me to are remarkable. You guys are just big kids aren’t you? [As if I’m not….;-)]
http://www.craftsmanshipmuseum.com/heim.htm
http://www.gaasedal.dk/eng/Links/Lego/mobile_cranes_links.html
http://www.engineeringwithabs.ch/
http://hackedgadgets.com/2008/09/29/lego-v8-engine/
http://www.genuinemodels.com/
[A girl did these at the last link! This is what I like seeing girls do but everyone gives them dollies]
These aren’t all woodworking but as woodworkers we all appreciate great skill and craftmanship and these are breath taking.
Sorry for the nightmare I’ve just created for you guys with children.

-- “Computers have enabled people to make more mistakes faster than almost any invention in history, with the possible exception of tequila and hand guns.” — Mitch Ratcliffe



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Manitario

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#1 posted 02-22-2012 01:09 AM

I saw a show about the guy in your last picture; incredible stuff he makes!!

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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Metrotek

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#2 posted 02-22-2012 01:43 AM

Manitario; It’s unbelievable isn’t it, even for guys like us who do this kind of thing. How about those Lego Tech-Brick creations, e.g. the Marion Shovel? Is that remarkable.
Here’s a Google search that has links for the engines; some of them run on air.
http://www.google.com/search?rls=ig&hl=en&q=Lego+engines&um=1&ie=UTF-8&source=univ&ei=spEDTLxclYg0j7qVxQU&sa=X&oi=image_result_group&ct=title&resnum=6&ved=0CEUQsAQwBQ&biw=1109&bih=472&sei=QkFET5uCHueRiQLs1aCpDg&tbm=isch
It’s all inspirational and stimulating for us woodworkers to design jigs, fixtures, tools, you name it.
I’m really hoping Denis Grosen sees these because he resides in the area where Legos were conceived of [by a carpenter I might add] and manufactured.
“The Lego Group began in the carpentry workshop of Ole Kirk Christiansen, in Billund, Denmark. In 1916, Christiansen purchased a woodworking shop in Billund which had been in business since 1895. The shop mostly helped construct houses and furniture, and had a small staff of apprentices. The workshop burned down in 1924 when a fire, lit by two of Christiansen’s sons, ignited some wood shavings. Ole Kirk constructed a larger workshop, and worked towards expanding his business even further. When the Great Depression hit, Ole Kirk had fewer customers and had to focus on smaller projects. He began producing miniature versions of his products as design aids. It was these miniature models of stepladders and ironing boards that inspired him to begin producing toys.”

•How many Lego bricks are produced each year?

Approximately 19 billion Lego elements are produced per year. 2.16 million are molded every hour, 36,000 every minute.

• Approximately, how many bricks they’ve ever made since Lego started to produce them?

More than 400 billion Lego bricks have been produced since 1958. There are about 62 Lego bricks per person of the Earth’s population.

-- “Computers have enabled people to make more mistakes faster than almost any invention in history, with the possible exception of tequila and hand guns.” — Mitch Ratcliffe

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#3 posted 02-22-2012 01:45 AM

That’s insane, I need more time away from work and in the shop to do stuff like this

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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Metrotek

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#4 posted 02-22-2012 02:02 AM

I can appreciate this Martyroc and completely agree. We want you to have more time in the shop.
Here, this will even make it worse:
http://www.craftsmanshipmuseum.com/

-- “Computers have enabled people to make more mistakes faster than almost any invention in history, with the possible exception of tequila and hand guns.” — Mitch Ratcliffe

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#5 posted 02-22-2012 03:01 AM

I wish I had a clue about engines. My truck is bleeding and I don’t know what to do with it. I took it to someone a few years ago referred by someone else, but I don’t think he diagnosed or fixed the problem. I’d actually like to build or rebuild my own because I really like my truck. My uncle always said to keep one vehicle and take good care of it, but I just can’t seem to keep up. Maybe I should call him. On the other hand it doesn’t fit inside the garage, too long. It would be really nice to have a tap water engine in my truck!

-- No matter how many factors go into thinking about a project, there is always one important new discovery to be made.

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#6 posted 02-22-2012 12:19 PM

OOH yes Metro its spotted … LOL
some impressive builds
I wonder if the builder of the truck with the excevator got inspired
by another small truck that was build in Denmark
the builder sold it and a ½ year later on a flight over the atlantic
the new owner solder it in mid air and the truck shuold go on a ride
thrugh US on different shows
we never saw it again … the truck was made of a Morris 1000 from the 1950
and there was a build a semitrailer to it too
as long as it was driven here in Denmark the only load the trailer was alowed to drive with
was one box = 30 bottle of beers
I wonder if that Morris 1000 still excist

about the lego thing its the most genial and best toy´s you can give a child of all ages :-)
in the little town of Billund where the factory is
Lego has made Legoland its maybee a touristplace but its a must see if anyone comes to Denmark
in the summer month…. you will be surpriced over what they have come up with since the start
in the 1960´s when they started out vith a mini legotown
I have been there many times over the years and I´m still amazed every time I go there
even among the old things you descover new details you didn´t saw last you where there

in many ways I think Legoland is more impressive than Disneyland … (now I get beat for this ) .. LOL
but I think its talks more to the child in us to see whats possiple if you can imaging it you can build it
and no skills is needed …. just clic ..clic … clic .. you build and create

just sad Lego is so expencive here in Denmark compared to what a boxfull of them cost to make

thanks for sharing the links with us Metro

take care
Dennis

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#7 posted 02-22-2012 01:58 PM

Good morning Denis and everyone; thank you for posting a response. I was certain you’d know where Lego is. I think that LEGOLAND® is cooler too. I’m intending on making both a wooden and a LEGO® USB flash drive.
I have to cut this short because I have imaging appointments today in addition to a new problem for which I need to engineer a solution; my little Ryobi [toy] table saw broke after two years and I don’t know how I’m going to replace it being on such a low fixed income. I’ve placed a couple of items on Craigslist that are brand new offering them for sale or trade so hopefully I’ll be able to do this. Poor thing; it’s just a tiny little thing that cost very little and performed for approximately two years of continuous use cutting those gooey, dusty man-made materials.
HardWood, don’t get rid of your truck; you need a truck, everyone who doen’t dedicate their lives to viewing television needs a truck….
Ciao.
http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/abrant23/LR11200-Stage-1/Stage3/stage3_41.jpg
http://www.texbrick.com/model_old/
http://www.texbrick.com/model_msg50/
http://www.texbrick.com/model_old/index.html

-- “Computers have enabled people to make more mistakes faster than almost any invention in history, with the possible exception of tequila and hand guns.” — Mitch Ratcliffe

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Dennisgrosen

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#8 posted 02-22-2012 07:01 PM

sorry to hear your toy broke down on you
whats wrong with it …. can it be fixed
is it a big failier or a little thing like the coal that have to be changed
is there still warrenty on it like we have here in Denmark (two years)

if it can´t be fixed for small money … then consider craiglist
I hear people have some luck …. but it can take long time before the right deal is there
that not need a refurbish

Dennis

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Metrotek

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#9 posted 02-23-2012 01:03 AM

Dennis, one of those is a girl; isn’t that cool! If I successfully climb Mount Everest I want to go with a girl; I’m not kissing some hairy guy at the top! I like dames and think it is so cool when they have trade skills and technological knowledge and I’m no feminist by any shot of the imagination.
I got my table saw running at least. I glued the rear bearing into the housing centered. The Ryobi service center told me that they contacted Ryobi and there wasn’t any part here in the United States of America; perhaps not on Earth, or in the Milky Way Galaxy.
I need to go now because I am going to the hardware store.
I’m using a very nice piece of Melamine covered board to build my new sled and I skimmed the melamine off for one of the runners so it would glue to the underlying wood but is it okay to just screw the other ruuuner on you guys? I’ll use a lot of one inch screws. In the alternartive, would contact cement or some similar adhesive, help.
The table of this toy saw is formed metal and the miter slots are about as close in tolerance as throwing mud across the street. Admittedly, it didn’t cost anything but still. I put the miter g uage on it one day and I wasn’t sure if it was cross cutting or ripping there was that much slop. Ryobi’s next level saws are pretty nice for the price.
Have a great weekend and build on….

-- “Computers have enabled people to make more mistakes faster than almost any invention in history, with the possible exception of tequila and hand guns.” — Mitch Ratcliffe

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#10 posted 02-23-2012 05:17 AM

great its are up and running again :-)

Dennis

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#11 posted 02-23-2012 08:49 PM

You guys have the greatest handles, Hardwood, DIYaholic, etc.
Those are so cool aren’t they, the saws?
Dennis: my saw repair didn’t work and I don’t know what I’m going to do. Ryobi doesn’t have the parts in the United States and it will be forever before they get here. I posted on facebook this morning and Home Depot had a expiditor contact me within seconds. The disign is defective and I beleive they should replace it; an open race bearing on a machine that produces a variety of base materials dust? I am not happy about this or wtih
Ryobi or the Home Depot as much time and funds as I spend there. Sometimes I have to reduce my food intake to purchase things I need at the Home Depot. I love the Home Depot ordinarily but if I were them, I’d replace the saw and deduct it from their Ryobi bill; they are the exclusive representative for Ryobi. I didn’t abuse the saw by any shot of the imagination.
I’m glad that some of you guys are benefitting from the links I provided.

-- “Computers have enabled people to make more mistakes faster than almost any invention in history, with the possible exception of tequila and hand guns.” — Mitch Ratcliffe

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Dennisgrosen

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#12 posted 02-23-2012 09:12 PM

sorry it didn´t worked for you
is it only the bearing then meassure inside and outside diameter on it
and then contact a bearing company I´m sure they can provide you with closed bearings to it

if its more then shoot up a question blog in the right forum here on L J
with all the knowledge here I´m sure someone know the right answer to you :-)

Dennis

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#13 posted 07-20-2012 01:40 AM

Cool stuff, thanks for sharing!

-- --- Alex --- http://thedinosaurwalk.com/computer-desk-plans/

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