|Project by Dave Rutan||posted 09-04-2013 12:29 PM||1930 views||1 time favorited||19 comments|
To read my journey in this project, check out my blog series here.
[Legebla ankaŭ en Esperanto]
My 14 year old daughter, who has been creating short film projects with her old Thomas the Tank Engine toys asked me if I could build her a Cranky the Crane. I told her that I could definitely make something like it. This project is made completely from wood, except for a few nuts and screws and a 6 inch electrical nipple. It was a bit of a struggle working out the gears that turn his head 360 degrees, but it functions very well. However, I would not give this to a small child as I cannot guarantee it is child safe.
I made it completely out of wood I had around the shop, the only thing I had to purchase was the electrical nipple. The magnet for the lift I scavenged from a discarded headphone and the casing around the magnet is a brass plumbing fixture from my plumbing drawer.
The only factor in which I have fallen down in this reproduction is that apparently on the real toy, the head comes off quite easily. Mine is epoxied firmly in place.
Note: The third photo is of a real Cranky the Crane for comparison.
Here’s a YouTube video showing the finished project where I describe it a little.
-- Ni faru ion el ligno!