Trick Cube on a String

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 12-13-2012 06:34 PM 3576 views 17 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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#1 posted 12-13-2012 06:45 PM

Jim they are great

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#2 posted 12-13-2012 07:33 PM

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

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#3 posted 12-13-2012 07:41 PM

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

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#4 posted 12-13-2012 07:46 PM

Looks like fun.

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#5 posted 12-13-2012 07:50 PM

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

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#6 posted 12-13-2012 08:14 PM

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

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#7 posted 12-13-2012 10:04 PM

I can only imagine the fun in making those …

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#8 posted 12-13-2012 11:37 PM

Fun project for a good cause, well done Jim.

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

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#9 posted 12-13-2012 11:52 PM

Well done Jim.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#10 posted 12-13-2012 11:59 PM

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

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#11 posted 12-14-2012 01:28 AM


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#12 posted 12-14-2012 02:16 AM

Who had the most funds you or the kids.

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#13 posted 12-14-2012 02:33 AM

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

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#14 posted 12-14-2012 02:55 AM

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.

-- Kiefer 松

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#15 posted 12-14-2012 04:24 AM

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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