Useless Thingy

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Project by Ted78 posted 01-10-2017 10:53 PM 3199 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Left my crock pot full of beef stew down in the basement of where I work after a holiday pot luck. Someone that works down there was kinds enough to clean it all out and bring in back up to me in my office after I got back from my time off. Dug through the scrap bin to make a ‘Thanks for cleaning up my mess’ gift.

-- Ted

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#1 posted 01-10-2017 11:01 PM

What a NICE Usless Thingy… LOL

It has Gears! ... and you have to work at it to get a Thank You! LOL


Looks like a Fun Useless Thing to make! LOL

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#2 posted 01-11-2017 04:10 AM


-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#3 posted 01-11-2017 07:18 AM

Excellent description. Also, dig that thingy.

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#4 posted 01-11-2017 02:55 PM

Thanks. I tried to upload a video but the file was too large. I stole the idea from a this site I was surprised to find the most difficult part was not cutting out the gears accurately enough, it will work with quite a bit of slop, but getting the hole drilled in the base for the round gear’s axle perfectly centered between top and bottom rows of gears. Needs to be dead on or the gears don’t clear when it changes direction.

-- Ted

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#5 posted 01-14-2017 02:01 PM

Starting with a Useless Thingy, you might not realise, but you now have the making of a great base for MANY useful jigs in your workshop.

I have utilised rack and pinion gears extensively in my endeavours to amuse people (and improve my jig making endeavours). Wooden gears are more robust than many Philistines give credit to.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#6 posted 01-16-2017 10:44 AM

You got the start of a good automation toy there…...

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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