A Wooden Crane Project.

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Project by Ryan Haasen posted 1005 days ago 3842 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Over a year ago, I came across a company by the name of ‘toys and joys’. This company makes patterns for car, truck, and other vehicle models. After making a low-boy truck and trailer and excavator, and a Caterpillar D8 dozer, I began to make my own plans for models. I first built a custom dump-truck and trailer for a friend of mine and am currently working on a crane model. The crane is a Liebherr Lr 1300 crawler crane. It should be about four meters in height when complete. I am making it out of walnut and maple. About a week ago I send a picture the Liebherr (the company that makes these cranes) and they sent me a die cast models of this specific crane, three company hats, a company t-shirt and a pocket knife. I was very happy to get their recognition and these gifts. Tho most difficult part of this project is the crane boom because the beams must be drilled at a specific degree, though the help of a few jigs has made it easier.

-- Ryan

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#1 posted 1004 days ago

I’ve got a 4 year old that would love that one. I checked out the “toys and joys” site and really liked their boom crane plan. Might have to give it a shot.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#2 posted 1004 days ago

Defiantly, they are a blast to build. Good luck.

-- Ryan

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#3 posted 1004 days ago

Awesome crane. The helicopter looks pretty nice too.

-- Kyle Shipp,

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#4 posted 1004 days ago

That’s really beautiful, excellent work!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#5 posted 1004 days ago

Thanks, the helicopter is my Father’s.

-- Ryan

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#6 posted 1004 days ago

needless to say it is amazing detail…..real nice work…..and I wish I could come up with my own plans as you do, keep up the fantastic work….

-- "older I get, the more fun I have"

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#7 posted 998 days ago

i really like this model you are working on.

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#8 posted 973 days ago

you must be in heavy construction.—thats fantastic love it, always had a place in my heart for cranes and thats a very big unit. Are you going to make the mast also. A crane that size would have a 400’ mast unless it was making a extremely heavy lift to a low elevation.

-- another tip from cooperedpatterns

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#9 posted 972 days ago


I am only 15 years old so do not work with any form of heavy machinery other than wood. But my father owns a construction company for land moving a piping so he has many large machines, but unfortunately, no cranes. I too, have a passion for large cranes and any mega machine. When I originally designed this crane it was planned to be 5 meters in hight. My dad would like it in his office with the rest of the machines I made him. and his ceiling is only 9’. So now that is how high I will make it just by eliminating a few boom and luffing jib segment. The weight cart and derrek boom will not be necessary. It will save me a couple months of work but will not look as impressive.

-- Ryan

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#10 posted 969 days ago


-- What I can do with a piece of wood and mine or your imagination.

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#11 posted 949 days ago

I like to build “scratch” also but with very limited tools at my work place, I fall back on Toys and Joys great line of plans. This way I can make parts in my shop at home and ship them to myself for final assembly.
Is that a helicopter in the picture?

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#12 posted 949 days ago

It’s an outstanding model and you’ve done a wonderful job on it.


-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#13 posted 840 days ago

Wow..can I play with that?
Best detail I’ve ever seen.

-- Quicksilver

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#14 posted 510 days ago

G’Day Ryan, I think I read somewhere that you are only a young bloke, something like senior high senior high schooler in Australia. Anyways, you are well on the way to be a master craftsmen with such ability & patience to make this excellent model, well done. Cheers from On Top DownUnder, crowie

PS – more photos next time to show off the detail in your handiwork…..please.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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