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Hand-Operated Wooden U-Joint Model

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Project by DaleMaley posted 02-03-2013 05:35 PM 1865 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have made a lot of hand-operated wood models, and I ran out of ideas for new models to make. I found the book Building Wooden Machines by Bridgewater & Bridgewater. It has a neat pattern for a u-joint model, where you can vary the angle while you operate it.

To add some color to the model, I used padauk for the 3 stanchions, yellow heartwood for the U-joints, and purple heartwood for the crank. I also dyed the pegs and caps of the u-joint. The base is maple.

My daughter helped me make a YouTube video of the model in operation.

If you want to read more about my trials and tribulations of building this model, see my web site.

-- Dale, Illinois, http://dalemaley.webs.com/





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Rick152

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#1 posted 02-03-2013 05:59 PM

That is neat looks great

-- Rick

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#2 posted 02-03-2013 06:27 PM

Amazing what a guy can make with wood ! Well done.

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#3 posted 02-03-2013 07:58 PM

Fine item. Very interested. Now you have me looking for a small drill press planer. Lovely find. Thank you.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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#4 posted 02-03-2013 08:12 PM

Fine item. Very interested. Now you have me looking for a small drill press planer. Lovely find. Thank you.

I have a big 12” wide old Sears planer that stays in my garage. To avoid setting it up, plus using it in cold weather, for years I used the Wagner Saf-t planer on my drill press to plane small pieces.

About 1 year ago, I thought the 3 hp 220V motor quit on my old Sears planer. I bought a new 110V planer and put it in my basement workshop. Now I glue (2) pieces of pine, 3/4×3/4 cross section and 12 inches long to each side of the small blank I want to plane. I make it 12 inches long so it is plenty long enough for the planer.

Either method works fine for planing small pieces of wood.

-- Dale, Illinois, http://dalemaley.webs.com/

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#5 posted 02-05-2013 02:47 PM

Awesome and fun project. Like the wood combination. Great execution and technique.

—www.sawblade.com

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nomercadies

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#6 posted 02-05-2013 03:58 PM

I picked this up after reading your post. I know it isn’t the quality of the one you use, but I thought I’d try it. I think I will rig it to work on my drill press instead of the radial arm saw. I’ve always thought the radial arm saw held the cutting head too far from the support of the table. When you include the arm, back post, and position on the table, you are talking maybe three feet between the cutting blades and the support on a radial arm saw. I hope it works to get me close so I can finish up with other hand tools.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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