|Project by GnarlyErik||posted 03-29-2014 09:52 PM||1410 views||3 times favorited||7 comments|
My granddaughter asked for stilts, and these are the result. Being dissatisfied with the idea of a simple and sensible easily made pair, I opted for a complex laminated and curved pair. In retrospect, the added complexity and work is not worth the gain, so any future stilts I build will have simple, straight non-laminated legs, but will include the articulated feet. (NOTE: if you have several grand children close in age, you should probably make nearly identical things for each of them to forestall any complaints!)
The legs are five layers of spruce cut from lumber yard two-bys, with curves laminated in, intended to make it more comfortable for the user by bringing the upper ends further behind the shoulders in use.
The steps have a piece of 1/4” rod set into them at a fifteen degree angle to engage holes drilled at 2” intervals for height adjustment. The ‘feet’ are the articulated part, and have metal ‘hinges’ which rotate on pins which attach them to the legs. The idea is for them to have enough surface area so the legs do not sink into the the ground when used on softer soil. Metal bands hold the steps to the legs and they may easily be adjusted by bumping them with the hand to disengage the pins from the holes.
The pictures should be self explanatory.
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