Toy Crane

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Project by bushmaster posted 11-21-2015 11:54 PM 1025 views 4 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had always wanted to build a crane, grand son was getting older, and we where going on a trip to see them. The time was ripe. Admired many on lumberjocks, Where to start. I built this totally backward with no plans or drawings, starting with a piece of wood for the top part of the boom, how else are you suppose to know how big to make the lower section. The winching part was next, the project was getting alittle bigger than than I intended. I had originally thought to put wheels under the crane section only. Their construction are described in the previous post. Had an interesting idea there. With alittle effort I decided I could build a truck part to balance the size. fenders had me stumped for awhile as there was not enough wood above the wheels. Wheel size was determined by the thickest plank I had in the shop. Looked around and came up with the idea to use 1/8 aluminum, one bend and screwed on, no glue required. They went well with the double front wheels. Low cab height looked ok when I drew on gull doors. No plan but I am happy with the result. It was abig hit and the whole family is enjoying it. Hope Owne doesn’t try to pick up his sister.

Thanks for looking and all comments are appreciated on the cold winter nights.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#1 posted 11-22-2015 12:06 AM

Nice looking Crane and a complement to your design abilities to be able to build without plans.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#2 posted 11-22-2015 12:08 AM

Super cool! You just set their new ‘standard’ for entertainment quality …

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#3 posted 11-22-2015 12:21 AM

That is great looking and working crane. Some kid will get a real treat!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 11-22-2015 12:27 AM

Wow, you have a very nice toys set. Great job.

-- Think, make and share.

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#5 posted 11-22-2015 12:38 AM

Really nice project!!!
I love building toys but the biggest joy comes from the figuring it out part of the build.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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#6 posted 11-22-2015 02:41 AM

Great design. Looks like the grand kids will be busy for hours. Nicely done.

-- Julian

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#7 posted 11-22-2015 01:41 PM

Great toys for off the cuff woodworking.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#8 posted 11-22-2015 04:53 PM

Hi Brian, nice job on the truck and crane. I just saw a young woman running a back hoe so it might be your grand daughter that gets an inspiration from this. What’s next, a logging truck? Must be a few of those up your way. It’s cold here too right now, the skiers are loving it.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#9 posted 11-22-2015 05:44 PM

AS some of the LJ’s know; I like building toys!


Great design and build!

The most fun is to make the plan after the toy has been built!! Then modify the next one and continue that trend!

I know that was a few weeks of planning and building, not just a few hours!

-- just rjR

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#10 posted 11-22-2015 06:38 PM

You really did a nice job on this.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#11 posted 11-22-2015 07:53 PM

Great job and a nice set of trucks to go with it! Love the final pic!! Looks like you have 2 budding engineers :-) Expecting our first grandson in February, so you’ve got my creative juices flowing. Thanks for the post!

-- Bob, Potomac, MD

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#12 posted 11-22-2015 08:23 PM

Wow, nice build, I have been thinking about one of these, really well done!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#13 posted 11-22-2015 09:22 PM

Nice work. My kids would love a crane like that.

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#14 posted 11-22-2015 09:39 PM

Cool crane, the design is wonderful!

-- Smitty

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#15 posted 11-23-2015 08:00 AM

Looking good. Your grandchildren will be glad with it, and also with there grandfather!

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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