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ISSUE ARCHIVES

NOV/DEC 2000
Volume 43 /  Issue 2

IN THIS ISSUE
Project Articles
Grandfather Clock, Part 2
Toy Crane
Chess Set

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Weekend
Project
Article

A Woodworking project that’s
sure to be an uplifting project!
 
Here’s an easy-to-make working crane that’s
destined to get plenty of hours of play time
 
by Norm Marshall

Making a toy that operates with cranks, wheels, pivots and strings gives a woodworker the feeling that he can compete successfully with the big-time toy-makers. This is especially evident when the child a toy is intended for gets hour-after-hour of good playtime out of it.
 
This crane is a great project that’s certain to provide lots of fun…not only for the child who plays with it…but for the woodworker who builds it, as well.

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View Plans &
Assembly Drawings
 
Overall Assembly &
List of Materials

Chassis Layout
Side Layout
Boom Layout
Overall Dimensions

When completed, the cab will rotate a full 360-degrees --  the boom will raise and lower -- and the hook will go up and down. Added to these features is a simple “push/pull” locking mechanism on the boom and hook cranks. And although this may look like a complicated toy to build, it’s really quite easy.

I used clear pine stock, hardwood dowels and yellow woodworker’s glue for the basic construction. All the wheels were made with hole saws and arranged on the crane to give the illusion of being a tracked (bulldozer or tank-like) vehicle.

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