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Project by Metrotek posted 01-20-2011 05:12 PM 3685 views 9 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I designed and built this toy for the terminally ill children of one of our local children’s hospitals. Even though my Grandfather and father were master craftsmen, I’m not really a very skilled woodworker; I just know how it’s done.

-- “Computers have enabled people to make more mistakes faster than almost any invention in history, with the possible exception of tequila and hand guns.” — Mitch Ratcliffe

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#1 posted 01-20-2011 05:47 PM

If not skilled very talented. Thanks for helping the children.


-- Chris K

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#2 posted 01-20-2011 05:50 PM

Looks to me like you are a skilled woodworker. Great job!

-- Bob Clark, Tool Collector and Sawdust Maker

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#3 posted 01-20-2011 05:52 PM

No apology needed on your part! The detail and craftsmanship on that bucket are pretty impressive! What a thoughtful gesture.


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#4 posted 01-20-2011 06:07 PM

Anybody that can do that kind of a project has pretty good skills.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#5 posted 01-20-2011 06:30 PM

Fantastic. What is its scale?

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

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#6 posted 01-20-2011 07:23 PM

great work there , one you can be proud of :-)
if you say you ain´t a craftman then I don´tknow what,you deffently have the talent for it
thank´sfor sharing

and welcome to L J enjoy and have fun :-)

take care

Ps. your own design or what ?

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#7 posted 01-20-2011 07:28 PM

Nice work ,the bucket is nicely detailed

-- Jeff,

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#8 posted 01-20-2011 07:42 PM

You set the bar pretty high I would say. thanks! for caring. God bless!

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#9 posted 01-20-2011 08:18 PM

Are you kidding? Even the wedge socket on the end of the yellow line is done right (and probably works the real way). I’m also curious about the scale. It looks big enough for the kids to sit in and operate.

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#10 posted 01-20-2011 08:43 PM

I wish I had your “lack of skill”. That level of detail is beyond me! Heck, I couldn’t even imagine planning something that intricate.
And, a worthy cause, too. Good on ya!!!!

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#11 posted 01-20-2011 08:54 PM

It’s all relative. You might not have your father’s or grandfather’s skill’s but you do pretty darn good for yourself.
Great looking piece for the heart, cool man…..................

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#12 posted 01-21-2011 01:16 AM

Someone ask and I realized then that I had forgotten to provide some perspective on the size of the Toy Crane. It is approximately nine feet in height. I also wanted to add that the program in which I built this toy also built other usaully much smaller toys for these children and was limited on materials/resources or I would have made the turntable operative, etc.
I wanted to thank everyone for your kind and generous comments.

-- “Computers have enabled people to make more mistakes faster than almost any invention in history, with the possible exception of tequila and hand guns.” — Mitch Ratcliffe

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#13 posted 01-21-2011 01:58 AM

-Yeah, if you are not talented, talented from your perspective must involve the supernatural!

-- ~christine @ used2btrees

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#14 posted 01-21-2011 02:38 AM

Hey Metrotek,

”Outstanding Sir”...the kids will be really happy…excellent job.

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#15 posted 01-21-2011 03:10 AM

Very impressive toy. Outstanding job. Wonderful gift. Thanks for sharing.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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