LumberJocks

Hand-cranked toy Carousel

  • Advertise with us
Project by DaleMaley posted 12-20-2015 09:01 PM 585 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The December 2015 issue of Woodworker’s Journal magazine has a neat pattern to make a toy carousel.

I decided to make two of these carousels.

I entered the design into Google Sketchup. I had to approximate the wavy ring cam at the bottom by using a series of steps. The pony shafts are driven up by this wavy ring cam in the base. Gravity returns the ponies down.

The ponies are yellow heartwood, padauk, and purple heart wood.

The balance of the carousel is a combination of red oak, cherry, and maple.

The 12-sided carousel top is a challenge to make, but fortunately, a video was provided showing how to set up the table saw for all the cuts.

On each revolution, a bicycle bell is struck to give a nice sound effect.

Two o-rings on a disc drive the unit.

To see my trials & tribulations of making this first carousel unit (and there were several), see my woodworking web site at http://dalemaley.webs.com/carousel.htm

I also made a Youtube video showing the Carousel in operation at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngdKetmhDOs

My photography and video skills do not do this Carousel justice. It is a neat looking assembly.

-- Dale, Illinois, http://dalemaley.webs.com/





3 comments so far

View majuvla's profile

majuvla

9171 posts in 2335 days


#1 posted 12-21-2015 10:06 AM

I always admire such tiny projects but with lot of details.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

View XrayJay's profile

XrayJay

175 posts in 1446 days


#2 posted 12-21-2015 08:32 PM

a lot of work in a small project. Just the top of the carousel is amazing enough but you did a great job bringing it all together.

-- Whatever you find to do with your hands, do it with all your might,... because there is no work in the grave...Ecclesiastes 9:10

View DaleMaley's profile

DaleMaley

289 posts in 1703 days


#3 posted 12-21-2015 08:52 PM



a lot of work in a small project. Just the top of the carousel is amazing enough but you did a great job bringing it all together.

- XrayJay

Thanks!!

Yes, there is a lot of man-hours in a small package.

My 2 completed units should make great family heirlooms.

Dale

-- Dale, Illinois, http://dalemaley.webs.com/

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com