Saturday, June 26, 2010

Umbrella Hand Crank 06 26 2010

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

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