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Forum topic by Paul D posted 08-02-2008 05:54 AM 1081 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Paul D

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08-02-2008 05:54 AM

Topic tags/keywords: ideas design build scale

I’ve been asked by someone at my church to come up with an idea and build a scale that will be used by the Kid’s program as part of a game they will play. The kids will be put into teams and they will put their team’s offering money on one side of the scale, the other team on the other side. Obviously the goal is to be on the team with the offering that weighs the most. Below is an example of what I have in mind although in reality probably a simpler kid-friendly design. They would like it to be floor height and used primarily by kids aged 4-8 and also easily moved and stored.

If you have any ideas please post them here or you can PM me. I’m mostly concerned with how to make the pivoting mechanism work and when both sides are empty to ensure they are equally balanced.

-- Paul D - Lawrenceville, Georgia

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#1 posted 08-02-2008 10:38 AM

Here's an idea... I kind of like the design they have…

Here's another....

.... and one more.

On the first one, it would be easily balanced by making a vertical 3/4 inch thru mortise on each arm, a little wider than your bolt. Then attach the “pads” to the arms of the scales with countersunk bolts thru the mortises. You would be able to move each pad to and from the pivot point to ensure equal balance. Once balance is achieved, then tighten the bolts.

Good luck.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#2 posted 08-02-2008 03:00 PM

Strictly speaking this it is a balance you are asking for and I think Steve has the solution for you. Interesting application for a scale…uhh balance ”-)

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#3 posted 08-03-2008 01:51 PM

Thanks for the help with designing a balance. These are some good ideas that should help with this project.

-- Paul D - Lawrenceville, Georgia

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#4 posted 08-04-2008 08:52 PM

I’m more concerned with the message your congregation is sending to these kids. Giving to to outgive the other team is hardly a lesson I will agree with. Gifts serve no good purpose with strings attached. My opinion, do with it as you will.


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