Wednesday, October 26, 2016
This was a request from my kids, like most of them are. They wanted a fork lift to replace the one that I though was too fragile to throw around. I think there is a trend for the toys that I am making. The forklift proved to be a challenge that I could not figure out. I did not want a string to lift the forks up. I thought about a wedge design or steps. Nothing seemed to work how I wanted it to. So I went back to the string. I sort of disguised it as a propane tank. I really did not like a handle and crank on the side.
I learned that I need to be careful how close I drill to the end of the board. I originally had an 1/8" between the front of the chassis and edge of the wheel well. That ripped apart when I drilled it. Fixing was easy, just cut out the broken material. This is reflected in the plans that are for sale.
This is also one of the projects where I am glad I have a 3d modeling system. I was struggling on how to attach the mast to the chassis. My original plan was to dowel it through the mast sides. When reviewing the model, I noticed that the dowels were sticking into the wheels. This is why the mast bottom was added and finishing became a little more complicated. The joints of the mast need to be taped before the finish is applied