Something for the Sacramento Children's Musuem

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Project by dansnow posted 11-12-2015 03:18 AM 934 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For those from the California area you might recognize these. They represent the Tower Bridge towers from Sacramento. I was commissioned to make them for the city play table at the Sacramento Children’s Museum. Each tower comes apart into 6 pieces that interlock with dowels, and all pieces are interchangeable. That was a bit tricky, never underestimate the value of a good jig!

Would you believe that, counting the pins to lock the dowels in place there are 102 pieces in the two towers, and they are only 13.5” high by 8” wide!!

The center sections are 1/4” oak laminated to a 7/8” birch core, the towers are made of two pieces of birch with a 1/4” oak strip on the outside face to hide the dowel locating holes.

Yellow food coloring and poly used for the finish.

thanks for looking.

-- Snow's Wooden Toys & Gifts

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#1 posted 11-12-2015 03:25 AM

Great job, lots of learning for young people here.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#2 posted 11-12-2015 09:24 AM


-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 11-12-2015 02:02 PM

Look great, Dan! Are they made so the children can disassemble/assemble? If so, do you have a picture of them apart? Love interactive learning tools. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#4 posted 11-12-2015 03:20 PM

Hi Candy, yes, they are designed to take apart, I’ve added a photo of one dis-assembled.

-- Snow's Wooden Toys & Gifts

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#5 posted 11-12-2015 03:30 PM

Nice Work!

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#6 posted 11-12-2015 05:55 PM

Thanks, Dan!

-- God bless, Candy

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