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Project by hairy posted 1232 days ago 1879 views 14 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

And take one of these with you.

It’s almost that time of year . Rumor has it the rain will stop sometime this week. I’m ready for it. The only one that I have used so far is the smaller one, with the airplane. It worked very well.

They are made from scraps, and some common hardware. I’m using a 1/4 inch carriage bolt as the axle, inside a 1/8 inch pipe as a bushing. All the moving parts are lubed with paste wax.

The large kite reel could be a knucklebuster as the string is going out, but they both have a brake. The handle opposite the crank contains a 3/8 inch bolt that rubs the spool, to slow it down or lock it in place. The extended crank handle should bring it back in easily. If it is a problem, I can still cut it down.

The small one is version 2. Luckily, I have no pictures of version 1. Version 4 is still kicking around in my head. Any suggestions are gladly welcomed.

The large one is 12 inches long. It weighs 1 pound and 9 ounces loaded with 400 feet of mason’s string.

The small one is 11 inches and weighs 1 pound and 2 ounces with 200 feet of mason’s string.

The weight is a factor. I want it heavy enough so that it won’t take off when a child drops it.

Kites are so much cooler than when I was a kid.

-- the last of Barret's Privateers...

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#1 posted 1232 days ago

This is so cool.We don’t have this version here.It’s like a small drum roll thing over here.

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#2 posted 1232 days ago

The headline:

“Woodworker crosses paths with Engineering Sensibilities to Create Cool New Kite String Reel”

Nice !

-- -- Neil

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#3 posted 1232 days ago

Nice idea and project!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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CrossGrain (Josh)

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#4 posted 1232 days ago

Great idea and nicely done!

-- Josh, Virginia ,

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#5 posted 1232 days ago

Very cool! Version 3 needs the wooden gears added so you can wind the kite in super fast! :-)

Also, it should have the “freewheel” option, but I would imagine that could get a bit dangerous….... ;-)

This site never fails to amaze me with the original ideas!


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#6 posted 1232 days ago

beautiful! I like the Indian Motorcycle sign in the background also.. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#7 posted 1231 days ago

Super cool. Really neat idea! Although I must admit, I think I like the kites almost as much as the reel… I bet that star-kite looks awesome up in the air!

-- I do not like work even when someone else does it. - Mark Twain

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#8 posted 1231 days ago

Good idea!! I made some years ago. wasn’t as nice. I put a wrist strap on it So it couldn’t dropped. I was flying some big kites on the beach.

-- Richard

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#9 posted 1231 days ago

Hairy, these are realy neat & will provide a lot of fun for a young one (or are they for the BIG KID who made them) : )))
very well made & detailed

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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Mark Shymanski

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#10 posted 1221 days ago

Cool project!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#11 posted 527 days ago

Nice…thank you?

-- Cosmicturner

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