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Jacobs Ladder

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Project by MasterSergeant posted 01-16-2011 09:07 PM 2350 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Jacobs ladder toy have mystified me for years, I had no idea how or why they worked. One day I decided to look on the Internet and see if anyone had instructions on how to make one. I found a site with easy to follow instructions and I made my prototype. The prototype had a few false starts, once the rhythm of the weaving of the ribbon got through my thick scull it worked great. The next time Nick and Abby came out to visit we made one for them. Later after the grandkids left I made a few more using cedar and painting them as loudly as the paints would allow.

please Visit my Etsy shop at: https://www.etsy.com/listing/105071394/jacobs-ladder-toy

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction





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AlBCuttnWud

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#1 posted 01-16-2011 09:10 PM

I have spent many mindless hours in my younger years playing with these things. Nice project, I might have to add to next year’s Christmas gift, project list.

-- -Al, Chesapeake, VA

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MasterSergeant

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#2 posted 01-16-2011 09:39 PM

That’s the granddaughter holding up her ladder. I have so many old army brown t-shirts that we are using them as smocks to keep the kids clothes relatively clean. This year I intend to start early with making this kind of stuff for presents.

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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KylesWoodworking

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#3 posted 01-16-2011 10:54 PM

Nice job. Do you have the link to the website for the instructions?

-- http://www.kyleswoodworking.com http://www.facebook.com/kyleswoodworking

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clieb91

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#4 posted 01-17-2011 12:33 AM

Great toy, one of my favorites and I have been pushing around making one. I would be interested in that website as well if you happen to remember it.

CtL

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

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MasterSergeant

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#5 posted 01-17-2011 12:34 AM

I have the website for the Jacobs ladder: http://www.woodcraftarts.com/jacob.htm
Have fun, and don’t get too confused ;-) I did a couple of times!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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Mary Anne

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#6 posted 01-17-2011 12:42 AM

I’d say by the smile on your grand daughter’s face, the project was a total success!
I, too, had to make one (which turned into several) a few years ago just to see how they work.

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MasterSergeant

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#7 posted 01-17-2011 01:03 AM

I kept my local five and dime store out of ribbon, while as I made my several dozen as well :-D

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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KylesWoodworking

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#8 posted 02-11-2011 03:58 AM

MasterSergeant,
I finally got around to make two:

-- http://www.kyleswoodworking.com http://www.facebook.com/kyleswoodworking

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