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    Erie Digger / Tonka Dragline Crane Machine

    After years of putting it off Iíve finally started my Erie diggers these mechs could be anywhere from the 1920s-1950s. Poor things were reused updated recycled over and over again by the showmen to keep them working and relevant.

    Now my timber skills are very limited they mainly include Splitting and burning the stuff.


    I think itís coming along pretty well I have one more coats of varnish to do on the cabinet and 2 more on the roof (I dropped the stain on Good Friday and Bunnings was closed )


    In all honestly I was expecting to lose a finger or just ruin all the wood hereís my first attempt with the router table and gotta day damn I love my new toy



    I purchased a set of plans from Jim Roller a crane guru in the states. After trying to convert the measurements I gave up and used the overall measurements and just made the rest up as I went. Because letís face it metric is far easier




    Hereís where it stands still need to rebuild the mech and make the prize tray etc but decided to finish the cab first so I can touch it without leaving hand prints and dirt on the raw timber cab


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    Erie Digger / Tonka Dragline Crane Machine

    Had a few setbacks and some progress on the crane. Found out the Tonka base sits way lower than the old one that the plans where obviously designed for.

    So Iíve changed this one to the older Erie digger mechanism.

    Just needs felt for the prize tray a back door and some glass/ Perspex and a few little items Iím sure to find as I finish it up




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    Quote Originally Posted by ddstoys View Post
    Had a few setbacks and some progress on the crane. Found out the Tonka base sits way lower than the old one that the plans where obviously designed for.

    So Iíve changed this one to the older Erie digger mechanism.

    Just needs felt for the prize tray a back door and some glass/ Perspex and a few little items Iím sure to find as I finish it up

    https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...1a97b4fe54.jpg


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    Looks pretty damn good to me well done


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    Putting out the feelers for my next early Gotlieb project

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    Turns out you have more skills than you give yourself credit for, cabinet looks fantastic, keep up the great work

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    Hereís a video of it in actions still not finished as you can see but getting close now

    https://youtu.be/cOzJEfm8c4s


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    Thats cool. I bet it would still earn nowadays - my kids would love it

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    Works well, snagged a lollipop first shot

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    Quote Originally Posted by angs1957 View Post
    Works well, snagged a lollipop first shot
    Hahaha not exactly took me dozens of videos for it to pick something up hahaha when the lollipop dropped out the back incracked the shits and said that video will do

    Need more lollies


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    wow amazing job daniel,ive never seen one work ,thanks for the video. i want one!

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