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Project by hairy posted 03-15-2011 04:45 PM 2110 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.

-- stay thirsty my friends...

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#1 posted 03-15-2011 05:09 PM

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 03-15-2011 05:42 PM

The headline:

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

Nice !

-- -- Neil

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#3 posted 03-15-2011 06:08 PM

Nice idea and project!

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

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CrossGrain (Josh)

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#4 posted 03-15-2011 06:22 PM

Great idea and nicely done!

-- Josh, Virginia ,

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#5 posted 03-15-2011 06:25 PM

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 03-15-2011 09:05 PM

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

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

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#7 posted 03-16-2011 04:09 PM

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 03-16-2011 06:41 PM

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 03-16-2011 10:41 PM

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 03-26-2011 05:53 PM

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 02-18-2013 01:47 AM

Nice…thank you?

-- Cosmicturner

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