Toy Tower Crane

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Project by Flashpoint posted 03-05-2016 04:43 PM 1183 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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!

-- Flashpoint

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#1 posted 03-05-2016 05:39 PM

Nicely done!!!
This was a fun build to me, and like you a few pictures is all you need to build this fun project.
You did such a nice job you need to try the bull dozer way fun and just a great build.
I should have done my cranks better but by then my plans for the excavator came in and was in a hurry to get started on it.
There are 3 or 4 cranes on this LJ.
Here’s my blog on the build, I never put it on the project page???

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#2 posted 03-05-2016 06:19 PM

Looks great

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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#3 posted 03-06-2016 01:33 PM

Very nice. I’m sure your Son’s will love playing with it.

-- Woodify ~~

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#4 posted 03-06-2016 03:57 PM

Nice project, it will be enjoyed, I made a truck crane for my 3 year old grand son and my son says he loves it and plays with it every day.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#5 posted 03-06-2016 04:42 PM

That is really cool. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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