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Project by spunwood posted 1419 days ago 1832 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to make a toy for my son (3) so that he could learn how to tighten and loosen bolts with a wrench or ratchet. Well this works…kind of. I counter sunk the lock nuts into two pieces of wood. Getting the correct depth was tricky. The bigger problem is that there is not pressure to help the bolts hold still while loosening and tightening. If I did it again, I would try to thread some springs onto the bolts. It still can be tightened and loosened, so it is basically a success, and my daughter (1+) was hammering on it yesterday. She obviously recognized the fun factor!

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν





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Edziu

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#1 posted 1418 days ago

It’s great that you’re getting your kids in the shop with little activities like this. I used to have so much fun in my Dad’s shop when I was younger- he gave me a Skil Twist (the battery powered screwdriver) and a bunch of screws and a kitchen sponge, and I would stand on our B&D Workmate with the sponge clamped in (really!) and just screw those screws in for hours on end.

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dedalo

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#2 posted 1418 days ago

GReat idea spunwood!
Edziu, my kids play with the same things… skill batery screwdriver… and he they keep disasembling their toys :D

-- http://carpinteriaenargentina.blogspot.com

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Mike Fritz

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#3 posted 1418 days ago

Great for fine motor skill development – I’m always looking for that for my grandson. Thanks for sharing!

-- Mike Fritz, Verona, NJ

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OttoH

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#4 posted 1418 days ago

Ah, the simpest toys can often be the best. Looks like many hours will be spent playing with it.

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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clieb91

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#5 posted 1418 days ago

Very cool and simple idea. Great way to get them both started early. The springs on some bolts would more then likely help with the tension issue, did you glue the nuts into place?

CtL

btw.. a belated welcome.

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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NormG

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#6 posted 1418 days ago

Great idea to get the children involved and let them learn from doing.

-- Norman

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spunwood

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#7 posted 1417 days ago

NormG, I used lock nuts which won’t come off once they are ratched on. Thanks for the welcome.

Spunwood

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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Lewis Baumstark, Jr.

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#8 posted 1417 days ago

Another possibility would be to use insert nuts.

I would have had a blast with this when I was a kid. I might even have fun with it now. :)

-- Every time I walk in my shop I thank my dad, my geometry teacher, and my drafting instructor...in that order.

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Jim Jakosh

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#9 posted 1315 days ago

That is much better than learning to text or sit in front of a TV. Good going.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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SteveKorz

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#10 posted 1298 days ago

Great idea… my son will be 1 soon. I’m putting together ideas now… thanks

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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Lotidus

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#11 posted 1043 days ago

Cool toy. Whats that behind it. Is it the bottom of a Roubo bookstand?

-- Lotidus

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spunwood

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#12 posted 1042 days ago

Ha! It’s just a kitchen play set! http://lumberjocks.com/projects/37901

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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