Climbing Monkey wood toy

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Project by DaleMaley posted 01-23-2018 01:00 PM 1148 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ken Folk’s book also has a pattern for this Climbing Monkey toy.

My first prototype did not work properly, the monkey fell off the ladder on the way down :( I took a video of the prototype, slowed the video down to 1/2 speed, and then understood how it really worked. This toy depends on the guide clearance between the monkey and the ladder rung, to make the monkey fall straight down onto the next rung. I made my guide clearance too wide, and that is why it did not work.

I made a Youtube video showing the model in action…...

If you are interested in the details of how I built this model, see my woodworking web site.


-- Dale, Illinois,

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#1 posted 01-23-2018 02:08 PM

Love this game!


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#2 posted 01-23-2018 03:50 PM

Very interesting build and explanation is good.

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#3 posted 01-23-2018 04:02 PM

It’s a very creative game. Nice work!

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 01-23-2018 10:04 PM

Very cool!
I have thought about building one of these for a long time.
I built a “Down the Chimney” about 20 years ago and it is a big hit during the holidays.
Thanks for sharing!

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#5 posted 01-26-2018 01:42 AM

Dale , nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.
I like it & best of all no batteries.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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