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09-05-2011 05:06 AM

When I and was about 5 or 6 ( 60 years ago) my dad make me a widget. You could put a belt in the slot and balance the very tip on the edge of, lets say the kitchen table and it would float there. You could touch the top and it would bob up and down but would not fall.

The balancer was shapped like a wedge with one end round like a quarter and the other end was shapped like a wedge. next to the round end there was a slot or grove that you could put a belt into.

It was about an inch wide, inch high, and 4 or 5 inches long. I need the formula and a drawing. I want to make some for christmas gifts.

-- GaryW, Edgefield SC, Too old to start over, can't remember why...


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#1 posted 09-05-2011 02:58 PM

Seek and ye shall find, ask and ye shall recieve. There you go Gary 3 different ones a heart an old sea captin and jusy a check mark all copied directly from my patterns. Someplace I have a square one but….. Glad I could be of service.
MIKE

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#2 posted 09-05-2011 03:37 PM

These look interesting. It would be really nice to see one in operation to understand how it works.

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#3 posted 09-05-2011 04:09 PM

Well thats the best I could do with the camera in one hand and the balancing belt in the other. Now that is just the pattern I used to balance the belt just think how nice of a gift it would be made from some nice wood.
I’ll try to get a better picture later.
MIKE

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#4 posted 09-05-2011 07:06 PM

Well there it is the Balancing Belt Trick on the end of my finger. It works much better if the wood is more than an 1/8” thick to keep the belt from slipping. I have made these from 1/2” plywood up to 3/4” lumber. Always wanted to carve this sea captain’s face.
MIKE

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#5 posted 09-05-2011 07:50 PM

So that is what a widget is…I have heard the term widget used many times but never knew what one was.

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#6 posted 09-05-2011 07:58 PM

World English Dictionary
widget (ˈwɪdʒɪt)

— n
1. informal any small mechanism or device, the name of which is unknown or temporarily forgotten

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#7 posted 09-06-2011 02:00 AM

Mike Thank you very much, christmas will have a Santa this year
Now to the drawing board.GaryW

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#8 posted 09-06-2011 01:02 PM

Thanks for the photos Mike. Very interesting.

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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