Sky hook

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Project by hairy posted 04-17-2011 06:11 PM 4455 views 11 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few years ago, one of my buddies at work handed one of these to me. He called it a sky hook. He said to balance the small end on the tip of my finger. Of course, I could not. Then he took off his belt, stuck it into the groove in the wood, and balanced it all on his fingertip.

He said his knucklehead 14 year old boy made it, and if he could then anyone could. This is the worst kind of challenge to me. I cannot win, I can only do as good as a 14 year old knucklehead. No offense intended to any 14 year knuckleheads.

Sure enough, it works as advertised. I made this out of oak, but I have made others from different woods.

I hope that the last image is suitable to make a pattern. If not, let me know. You will need to make the groove slightly bigger than the pattern. I traced around it, the pencil point could not get in completely.

4” x 3/4 ”, but I have made other sizes by using a copier to enlarge .

Are you up to the challenge?

-- My reality check bounced...

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#1 posted 04-17-2011 06:15 PM

Yea Hairy , I hear ya …I’m petrified that they’re going to call me from the “Are you smarter than a fifth grader” show !!

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#2 posted 04-17-2011 06:47 PM

Wow after all these years I finally found one.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 04-17-2011 06:52 PM

When I was 15, I started working as a construction helper. My first day on a large jobsite, one guy asked me to go get the skyhook so he could lift a bunch of wood to the 2nd floor. He told me that a guy on the far side of the site had it. So I went off looking for the skyhook. The next guy I asked about it gave me a quizzical look and then so “Oh yeah, Joe has it now”, and on it went for about 4 more guys.

They never let me forget that for as long as I worked there.

My only consolation as I look back now is that those guys are dead now :)

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#4 posted 04-17-2011 07:09 PM

Raskal LMAO !!

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#5 posted 04-17-2011 07:42 PM

I remember making one of these out of colored sheet plastic in shop class… 1974, don’t know where it went to, but now that I have a shop, I keep thinking of making one….but had to wait till I got a “round tuit”


-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#6 posted 04-17-2011 07:56 PM

Finally, a source for Skyhooks! I’ve been looking for some for the best part of my life….

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#7 posted 04-17-2011 08:43 PM

Neat idea.

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#8 posted 04-17-2011 09:21 PM

Could I suggest skyblue pink paint as a finish

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#9 posted 04-17-2011 11:44 PM

a neat little “Teaser” there Hairy. :))))
(you were always going to get some wise cracks with this one)

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

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#10 posted 04-18-2011 01:15 AM

Jim: are you talking about a knucklehead, or a sky hook??? :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#11 posted 04-18-2011 04:12 AM

hmm… may have to try one or two of these. used to have one when I was younger not sure what happen to it . Physics/Magic gotta love it.


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

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#12 posted 04-18-2011 01:53 PM

Doggone all this time working around army aviation and this is what I was looking for Who Knew, well I guess you did.

-- Bob "Every breath I take as a Free man was paid for with the blood of an American Soldier"

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