Father Daughter Project - Roller-Gearing Mechansim

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Project by Siegel_KenEvil posted 08-11-2012 02:47 PM 3874 views 10 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I purchased “Making Mechanical Marvels in Wood” by Raymond Levy. It’s been sitting around for a few months. Yesterday, my youngest daughter asked if we could make one together so we did and here it is.

It was tough balancing teaching and doing but I managed to step back and let her do as much of the work as was safe. She’s now a pro at identifying drill bits and swapping them out and not to bad on the band saw.

Heres a link to the video

-- Scott

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#1 posted 08-11-2012 03:02 PM

Now that’s a smile you can be proud of!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 08-11-2012 03:09 PM

Like the idea of working with your daughter. Most likely this is one project she will never forget and who knows she may turn out to one of the a lumberjock some day.
Like the project also

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (

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#3 posted 08-11-2012 03:37 PM

Wow! team work like that is precious, a budding engineer in process…

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#4 posted 08-11-2012 05:09 PM

Great build. I wish I had this book earlier this summer, as I have my grandchildren with me most of the time.
Keep working wood with your daughter, creating memories for a lifetime.
Thanks for showing.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#5 posted 08-11-2012 05:36 PM

Wonderful she asked to do this, soon she will be asking for her own space and then well tools come after that and then more of those wood projects etc. Hope she continues

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#6 posted 08-12-2012 02:26 AM


I’ve just ordered a copy of that book and am really looking forward to building some of the projects in it – smoke grinders, mostly, but nice mindless entertainment. Well done in bringing your daughter into the process or maybe the other way ‘round. I hope you enjoy your time in the shop together.


-- Even if to be nothing more than a bad example, everything serves a purpose. cippotus

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#7 posted 08-12-2012 02:43 AM

Very Cool! I love stuff like this. I wonder if this is used on machinery somewhere? I suspect the output would speed up and slow down slightly with a constant speed on the input. Interesting.

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#8 posted 08-12-2012 01:33 PM

I just ordered the book on Amazon.
My grandkids are going to get new toys (wether they want them or not!) HA!

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#9 posted 08-12-2012 04:12 PM

you can tell her, SHE did a very nice job !!! excellent work !!! and you were only there for moral support and her go-fer….right ? this is how my Dad got me into woods…and I am truly blessed to have him as my teacher and go-fer as well..LOL and tell her that knowing the drill bits is every bit as important as using a table saw..congrats to her !!!

-- the dumbest question is the one you dont ask !!

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#10 posted 08-13-2012 01:42 PM

Great project! Working with kids is rewarding by itself. And by her smile, she got rewarded too!



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#11 posted 05-04-2013 08:45 PM

From the look on her face, I think she really likes this project. Good job. I have yet to come close to what she just built. On the video, you also pointed out the magic box she built. Any more information on that?

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#12 posted 05-05-2013 01:49 AM

The magic box was a project from Woodcraft magazine Vol. 8/No. 44 Dec/Jan 12. It’s a box with a mirror, at a 45 degree angle, dividing it into two sections. The box always looks empty looking thru the glass but you can stuff whatever behind the mirror. This one is used as a bank. There’s a coin slot at the top and when you drop money into it, it disappears… like the stock market.

-- Scott

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