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Project by moshel posted 09-07-2010 03:06 AM 1704 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

after almost completing the big winch, I understood that the weight of these is prohibiting to carry around. they can be constructed on site from materials you have there but carrying it is just too much. so, i tried to build a small portable winch that will not have the same pulling level but might be adequate.

Also, influenced by the weekend with the other NZ LJs, i have developed liking to using hand tools.

the frame of the winch is made from White Oak, the joinery is wedges (i used tapered pegs which i rounded with a plane – surprisingly easy).

the axle is blackwood. the round tenons were cut by hand as well – i clamped a piece of wod to the saw to act as depth stop and sawed around the log. then i “cleaved” the tenon with chisel.

The holes for the pipes that act as handles were bored with drill press, as I have no hand drill.

I decided to try it by moving my car. the car is pretty heavy and its slightly downhill.
after the fist try, i found that i needed to add “anchor points” for the ropes that fix the winch to a tree, and that i need to shape the axle to be convex. i did it with a spokeshave which is not really the right tool for this – i should get a draw knife.

i retried and the car moved!!!! this winch is not easy to operate alone, as you have to keep the rope tight while switching the pipe from one hole to the other. for some reason the rope likes to go to one side, although i did convex the axle a bit. maybe i’ll drive some pegs to keep it from going too far.

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...





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#1 posted 09-07-2010 03:13 AM

looks good , moshel

that’s probably the way it was done ,
and learned in the old days .

when they didn’t have 40 guys to pull on the rope , LOL !

were you affected by that earthquake ?
we don’t hear much about it here .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 09-07-2010 03:22 AM

you can actually see the cracks in the last picture. we were very lucky – only one bottle of walnut oil broke…
i find it amazing the no one was killed. this was a massive earthquake.

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#3 posted 09-07-2010 03:39 AM

glad you are OK ,
i guess the new house is fine too .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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