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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 622 days ago 3051 views 16 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Our woodworking guild took on a project of making a series of toys from around 1860 to give away to kids at Meijer Gardens in Feb at a festival they are having. Tuesday night many of us committed to making a number for the old time toys. They wanted 300 in total. The ones that Tim and I made were a version of the trick ball on a string- we used a cube on a string. It is a 2” cube with holes drilled in at a 10 degree angle so when you have the cube dropping down the rope and pull it tight, the cube stops. We committed to 30 but made 50. It was a lot of fun.

Tim, being a prankster said we should make one the opposite way and have the cubes on the ends and the handle dropping down the rope! I sent a note back the guild member in charge with the last 2 pictures saying they did not get the plans to us in time and we just made them this way from memory!! This one actually hangs up on the rope until you pull it tight, then it slides down. It is backwards!!

The blocks and the handles are poplar with 3/16 nylon cord for the rope. We put the cord through the handle and melted the ends with a torch so thy won’t sip through…instead of tying the rope to the handle.

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





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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 622 days ago

Jim they are great
Jamie

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#2 posted 622 days ago

That is great Jim. Sounds like you had lots of fun with this project.

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#3 posted 622 days ago

Nice project for what I’m sure is a great cause. Congratulations on a cool toy. Best wishes and Merry Christmas.

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#4 posted 622 days ago

Looks like fun.

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#5 posted 622 days ago

very cool.. looks like you guys were really amazed by this ;)

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#6 posted 622 days ago

Just a big Kid at heart Jim, great project with a lot of fun in store for the youngans :)
Well done
Pete

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#7 posted 622 days ago

I can only imagine the fun in making those …

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#8 posted 622 days ago

Fun project for a good cause, well done Jim.

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#9 posted 622 days ago

Well done Jim.

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#10 posted 622 days ago

There will be plenty o smilin faces when the kids get these.

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#11 posted 622 days ago

cool

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#12 posted 622 days ago

Who had the most funds you or the kids.

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#13 posted 622 days ago

Cool toys for a good cause. You are a tricky guy!

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#14 posted 622 days ago

Got to have fun Jim !
Great job and sharing of your time, great gift for the kids but you guys are going to get them confused.

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#15 posted 622 days ago

Thanks for all the nice comments. It was about time that our guild got involved in a group project like this. I hope they get the 300 kids through there they planned for. We made some extra in case they get more.
It was fun working in my shop with Tim the Toolman! He was my influence to buy better quality tools than I used to and it paid off…..........................Jim

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

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