|Project by Flashpoint||posted 03-05-2016 04:43 PM||763 views||2 times favorited||5 comments|
A toy crane for my oldest son’s 3rd birthday. Saw plans for sale online and just made my own through picture and guesses on dimensions. All told, a very fun project that will hopefully become an heirloom, as we all hope our projects become! Nothing too technical involved.
The gears were easy, 8 piece pie divided dowel, 90 degree tooth gullet. The ratchets were less intuitive, but after some trial and error, came out nice. (One regret: I should have put the ratchet opposite from the cranks respectively.)
What did have me wringing my hands was the lazy susan turntable bearing. There are four tiny screw holes in each side, but once one side is secure, how do you screw in the other? A small indexed hole? And the bearing is pretty loose. I ended up screwing it to the base only and then using a bolt, washers and two nuts to “lock” it in at a decent compression. It hold everything together and also keeps the bearing loaded so there is no jiggle. Toot! That’d be my own horn blowing! Walnut and maple, paracord cable. Almost a year of wear and still strong!