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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 06-15-2011 11:08 PM 2395 views 6 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a ladder with a flipper that walks all the way to the bottom. It worked after 3 attempts on the flipper. I started by drilling 11 holes in each of the sides of the ladder then I glued in 1/4 round dowels leaving a 1” wide space between the sides. To make the rungs flat, I ran the ladder through the router table to get the rungs all in a line and at 1/8” wide. I put two dowels in the ends and mounted it on a base. The last shot is the flipper that works so well. I threw the others away!!

The ladder is cedar and the flipper is rubber tree wood because it is heavier.

I have updated the pics since I finished the ladder with a matte finish. I have also personalized the toy by adding Steve’s picture to both side of the flipper. How it is Steve tumbling down the ladder and always ending right side up.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!





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woody57

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#1 posted 06-15-2011 11:22 PM

very good
I like the router table idea. It obviously saves a lot of time.

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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TroutGuy

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#2 posted 06-15-2011 11:43 PM

I love it! Any chance of a video showing it in action???

-- There is nothing in the world more dangerous, than a woodworker who knows how to read a micrometer...

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ptweedy

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#3 posted 06-16-2011 12:17 AM

like steve says no video, it never happened. nice pictures, but without video your credibility is falling fast… phil

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littlecope

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#4 posted 06-16-2011 02:34 AM

You deserve a shirt Jim!! It looks Great!!
Still in the developmental stage here… and I was serious about the popsicle sticks…

Trying to make a fine “faller” will have to wait ‘til tomorrow… :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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patron

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#5 posted 06-16-2011 02:47 AM

you will get the shirt i’m sure

that trick with the router
to flatten the sides of the dowels is pure genius

now we wait for steve …...........

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Bob Collins

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#6 posted 06-16-2011 03:26 AM

Would be nice to see it working but you have my vote.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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sedcokid

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#7 posted 06-16-2011 04:45 AM

Nice lookin little project there, Jim….. I don’t a video to know that it works, unlike the others I believe you;)

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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SPalm

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#8 posted 06-16-2011 02:31 PM

Good for you.
I never would have thought about the router table for flattening. Sweet.
You done good,

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Jim Jakosh

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#9 posted 06-16-2011 08:27 PM

Okay ..here is the proof that it works. Rick just took this video and put it out in photobucket. Here is the link:

http://s371.photobucket.com/albums/oo153/ricksrustics/?action=view&current=misc.mp4&evt=user_media_share

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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TroutGuy

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#10 posted 06-16-2011 10:40 PM

Nice job!!! IMHO, we have a winner!

I’m going to have to try and make one for myself.

-- There is nothing in the world more dangerous, than a woodworker who knows how to read a micrometer...

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Bob Collins

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#11 posted 06-17-2011 02:46 AM

Good proof on the video Jim, now for the voting. Nice project.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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sedcokid

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#12 posted 06-17-2011 02:55 AM

I knew it would work Jim!! What a fun project, something fun for young and old alike!!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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Jim Jakosh

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#13 posted 06-17-2011 03:21 PM

Hey Guys, I have now finished the ladder and added Steve’s picture to both sides of the flipper!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Stevinmarin

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#14 posted 06-18-2011 05:46 AM

I am amazed at how many people have take up my challenge. But Jim, oh Jim…this one is just plain disturbing!

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers. http://www.WoodworkingForMereMortals.com

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