Big Crane and little Crane

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Project by johnzo posted 12-21-2010 01:13 AM 2431 views 5 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I down-loaded the toy crane plan from Wood magazine, but was surprised by the large size of the toy (almost 2 ft tall). I was actually going to build two of the cranes as Xmas gifts. One each for my 2 grandsons. When I showed it to my wife she said: “It’s too big, can’t you make it half the size.” Since she’s usually right about these things – especially about Xmas toys, I began to build a half scale version. Had to fudge a few dimensions and rework the cable spools and knobs a little, but I was actually pleased with the smaller scale results. The smaller one is definitely cuter than the clunky bigger one. Now I have the problem over what kid gets which size crane.
John Z

-- 70 is the new 50!

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#1 posted 12-21-2010 01:18 AM

John those are great.
Let the kid’s decide. :)

But the wife will be right.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#2 posted 12-21-2010 02:08 AM

Either way, the kids will love them!

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#3 posted 12-21-2010 02:32 AM

The big one is for grandad, the little ones are for the kids :)

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#4 posted 12-21-2010 02:36 AM

those are great
the grandkids will love them
for a happy life a man must have a happy wife

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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#5 posted 12-21-2010 02:40 AM

Looks great

-- Dennis Trenton Ohio And life is worth the living just because He lives!

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#6 posted 12-21-2010 02:40 AM

Those look GREAT. What kinds of wood do you use.

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#7 posted 12-21-2010 02:51 AM

I used maple and walnut. I bought the wheels from a hobby store (not sure what was used on those).
John Z

-- 70 is the new 50!

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#8 posted 12-21-2010 07:30 AM

These are great gifts John, they will provide many years of construction grade fun ! Also I hate to be the one to say it ,but it won’t matter which one give to either kid ,they will both want the crane they don’t have ! LOL.

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#9 posted 12-21-2010 06:12 PM

Kids will love it….

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#10 posted 12-21-2010 07:16 PM

From my experience with kids: two little boys + 2 different size toys = brawl.
Especially for good toys like yours crane’s.

-- My English and my woodworking are matching skills.

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#11 posted 12-25-2010 11:36 PM


-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#12 posted 01-11-2011 03:59 AM

Pretty good.

-- Leonard H.

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#13 posted 02-22-2011 06:14 AM

I have made two of the cranes. I found that instead of using the lazy susan, use a nylon washer. It will keep the crane from wobbling.

-- Greg, Concordia, Mo

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