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DanoNJ

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Here is a new project I am currently working on to go a long with my existing Toy shop.  This will be a stand alone prop, fully enclosed. Down and dirty -- it contains 2 seperate sections of a conveyor; one that will bring toys into the 'machine' and out they come wrapped presents.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-rcd-kfQpM

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I'll expand on construction when I have time to write it up.

Please do!  Not even having seen the video yet I can imagine that I will have 4+ questions for you!

 

I've had a 3 belt conveyor toy shop in my notebook for about 4 years.  One of these days I will actually start building it!!!

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Haven't had a chance to see the two new videos, but loved the first one.  My plans were for something pretty similar though will probably never see the light of day.  I was going to use an actual piece of canvas to look like a belt, but I think your metal rope is a better long-term bet.  Have you considered putting some on it so it looks like an actual conveyor and the metal will be hidden?

 

I was also going to have three belts, which was going to necessitate using sprockets and chains (which I liked, but was going to drive cost up).  I like your wooden gears and it adds a little magical-ness to the display for the kids to see.  Did you use the template here:https://woodgears.ca/gear_cutting/template.html  to make your gears?  Any comments on how that process went?

 

Looks awesome, can't wait to see more updates!

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Yes, Jason, that is the site I used to get a template for the gears.  Originally I was going the canvas route also, but attaching the props would have been an issue.  No I wont be hiding the wire rope.  At night and from a distance, I don't believe people will be able to tell.

Thanks, btw!

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To go along with my toy shop I am in the process of making a conveyor that will take a toy, run thru a 'machine' and come out as a wrapped present. As this thread goes along, I am planning on posting pictures of the progress.

It started with an old rolling pin which I cut into quarters. The belt will actually be wire rope, so I took the rollers and cut a grove in the center with a lathe. The groove will accept the wire rope as well a connector.

The rollers are then sandwiched between two rails and ride on a piece of rod. I put some Gorilla glue inside the roller to hold the rod.

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picture shows the roller with wire on one side of the stand.

Originally I was planning on using a belt to turn the rollers / belt, but found that it kept slipping, so I when and made some gears.

The gears will be visible to audience which will add to the prop.

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Dano, This is outstanding!  What a great and creative idea.  When you get a chance, can you show how you hooked up the wiper motor to it.  Did you connect it straight to the rolling pin or did you use a belt.  Also, did you have to use two motors to drive both sides or just one?  Can't wait to see it all done!  Keep us updated!

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Dan how long is each table and the center box, I think this is a wonderful idea and would work good in my Santa shop

Hey, Charlie. If memory is correct, each section is about 26" long, with about 5-6" of separation. The center section is roughly 24".
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Dan that sure looks good all painted and running, the kids will love it. Are you still going to use the upper meter? I was thinking about using a cam or peg off of each of the presents to drive the needle and have it read bad, OK and good and possibly put a chunk of coal on one of the boards.

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Dan that sure looks good all painted and running, the kids will love it. Are you still going to use the upper meter? I was thinking about using a cam or peg off of each of the presents to drive the needle and have it read bad, OK and good and possibly put a chunk of coal on one of the boards.

Yes, still using the motor. Good idea, but will lead to more possible problems. :)
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