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Project by socrbent posted 605 days ago 1685 views 17 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I saw this idea at the Dayton Ohio Artistry in Wood show a couple of weeks ago. My idea is to create 3 more in kit form to give as Christmas presents for grandsons. My hope is that they will be good father and son projects. Getting the curved piece under the ball flipper level enough to send the ball on the right path worried me. What I’ve discovered is that if it is close you can control the left/right flight path by where you hold down the flipper. Fourth photo shows those from the AIW show. The base of mine is 14” long but the show samples seem to have a longer base. The basket is 12.5” high, the ball has a 1” diameter with a 1.25” diameter on hoop hole, and the angle for the flipper is 11.25” long, .1” thick and 10 degrees.

-- socrbent Ohio





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majuvla

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#1 posted 605 days ago

Too funny! Excellent pressent for some kid. Nothing against some ’’old’’ wooden toys.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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mloy365

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#2 posted 605 days ago

That is a neat idea. Nice job.

-- Mike - Northern Upper Michigan

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ToyMakingDad

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#3 posted 605 days ago

Very cool. It’s clever and looks like it would be fun to just play with.
How thick is the flipper and is it made from pine?

-- Toy Making Dad, Northern Virginia, http://toymakingdad.blogspot.com

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socrbent

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#4 posted 605 days ago

toymakingdad – flipper is 0.1” thick and is made of pine. Seems to be flexible enough and has more than enough spring. Does anyone have suggestions for a more durable wood for the flipper?

-- socrbent Ohio

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a1Jim

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#5 posted 605 days ago

This is cool I like it.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Raymond Thomas

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#6 posted 605 days ago

That is a great idea – if you are giving to a family member or a close friend – you might want to think about adding a decal of their favorite B-ball team.

-- Raymond, Charlotte, NC -------- Demonstrate the difference!

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#7 posted 604 days ago

Very cool!!

-- BN in Indiana

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Brett StClair

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#8 posted 603 days ago

Thats a cool fun idea.
Just a suggestion on the flipper…
If you were going to get carried away with material selection and you had access to it then it seems that a tight grained wood used in other springy applications would be best. First thing that comes to mind is wooden bows. I think some are made of Yew…
but then again I’ve seen little catapult kits that use nothing more than a tongue depresser in a similar fashion that work just fine.

-- "Make things as simple as possible... but not any simpler." - Albert Einstein

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#9 posted 597 days ago

KOOL! Can you make a basket?

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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socrbent

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#10 posted 597 days ago

TopamaxSurvivor – Yes, I’ve made 1 with only about 10 trys.

-- socrbent Ohio

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#11 posted 597 days ago

Good to know it is possible ;-) Probably better than I’d do. I may try to make a few of these for Christmas’s if time allows.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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