Collapsing Bridge

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Project by Thepps posted 596 days ago 2346 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a collapsing bridge that is compatible with the Thomas wooden railway. Made this for my son for Christmas. I wanted to make him a bridge, but one that had moving parts (toys are always more fun if they have moving parts). Most of the bridges that move are a drawbridge type, in which the rail track moves up. This one collapses (I guess due to faulty workmanship). Little kids always like a disaster when playing.

Used a total of six magnets. It’ll remain in the upright condition no matter how many cars are on the bridge. Push on the dowel, and it’ll collapse. Pull back up on the dowel, and it’ll spring back into working condition.

Used bent lamination for the suspension. Birch, jatoba, and walnut were used.

Fun project to build.

Thanks for looking!

-- Thepps - Freeburg, IL

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#1 posted 596 days ago

This is beautifull. Awesome design and fantastic execution. I bet that bridge will give him hours of fun and one day, when he has outgrown Thomas the Train, I bet he keeps that bridge.

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#2 posted 596 days ago

I’m a little confused, was it supposed to be a draw bridge and the tracks move up? Even if so, it’s still very cool. Fine worksmanship.

-- - In the end, everything will be okay. If it isn't okay, it isn't the end yet.

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#3 posted 596 days ago

This is a amazing bridge it’s wonderful and unique.

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#4 posted 596 days ago

Truly a design that understands its target audience. Nothing like a good bridge disaster on the railway to keep a boy entertained for hours. ;-) Nice work.

-- Grace & peace, Chris+

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#5 posted 596 days ago

It’s supposed to collapse. Sorry if I made that unclear. Most of the bridges you buy are the drawbridge type. I wanted to build something different.

-- Thepps - Freeburg, IL

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#6 posted 596 days ago

Very cool!

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#7 posted 596 days ago

Sharp and smart! Fun to make that.

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#8 posted 595 days ago

You and your son must be happy! You totaly get your sons thinking. Very nice bridge by the way.

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#9 posted 595 days ago

Great!! I like it ;’-)

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

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#10 posted 595 days ago

Very well done

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#11 posted 595 days ago

Pretty cool. Bet it gets a lot of use too.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#12 posted 594 days ago

They should have make Gallopin’ Gertie in that way.

Really nice and very unconventional.

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#13 posted 594 days ago

I love it! My kids are to old now, but I’m sure they would’ve enjoyed something like this when they played with Thomas the tank engine.

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#14 posted 573 days ago

You are a very cleaver craftsman indeed….thank you again for the beaut WIP photos & build notes.
Cheers, crowie

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

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