Umbrella Hand Crank 06 26 2010 American Ingenuity
I made this umbrella crank, some years ago, for my parents that have arthritis. The cranking arm was made extra large so that it would be easier to move. It has a nice distinctive clicking when it is cranked. It has proved to very durable over time.
Parts used to make and origin.
1. Body enclosure: sheet metal from the left front fender of our 2001 Buick Regal. The fender was replaced and this was cut from the discard.
2. Crank Arm: Cut away from an office chair arm, very strong metal and hard to cut with a bimetal cobalt saws all blade.
3. Sprocket: This is the upper timing gear from our 1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass that I replaced in the late 1980’s. The car long since sold.
4. Ratcheting Gear tooth: A common door mechanism mounted vertically.
5. Quick Release Knob: A bathroom sink stopper.
6. Main Axle Spool: A patio umbrella pole reinforced with wood inside from a broken shovel handle.
7. Quick Release Extension Piece: A common part inside of a door knob.
8. Red Washers: Cut outs from a laundry detergent bottle.
9. Spool Line: Bought at a hardware or department store. I is tight and densely woven.
Crafted to form by me!
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Thomas Paul Murphy
Copyright 2010 Thomas Paul Murphy