Cranky Craftster

About 72 hours ago, I decided one of my projects needed a working crank. Even though I’ve never constructed a crank (or paid too much attention to how they work) how hard could it be?

Access to the Intertubes conquers all ignorance, right?

So, even though I live with a man who could quickly tell me what I needed to do, I headed to google. Like a hungry toddler, I was determined to fix my own breakfast. Yes, I knew I’d end up with spilled cereal and some milk puddles, but it would be worth it to do it myself, right?



After about 48 hours, I explained what I wanted to do to Mr. Jivvy. At which point he spent about five minutes drawing a diagram (seen in the background of the pic below) and I spent the next ten minutes making this:

It might not look like much, but that is most definitely a working crank that successfully converts circular motion to reciprocating motion.

The Intertubes got nothing on Mr. Jivvy.

2 comments for “Cranky Craftster

  1. Carolyn
    September 23, 2012 at 8:35 am

    Hooray for the left-brain Mr. Jivvy and his white horse! And thank you to all the Mr. Jivvy’s who love us regardless of our craft obsessions and clutter!
    It really doesn’t look like much, but I know it will morph into fabulousness.

  2. Jivvy
    September 23, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Believe it or not, Mr. Jivvy is also an artist — so his mess and clutter is at least as large as mine, lol.

    The Blobs O’ Clay crank is just a mockup… I’m now on to mockup #2…. I’m still not sure if I’ll be able to pull it off in the final piece (on part of the piece is already finalized, as the crank idea was a late addition), but for now I’m refining mockups… and learning more about cranks than I ever expected to know. 😉

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