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As an retired Engineer-by-training, I generally do my best to follow the KISS principle..."Keep It Simple S______". Hence I opted for the less expensive and easier to get hex bolts rather than the socket cap screws. That said, I'm new to the Instructables community and am still coming to terms with the paradox between "Keep it simple" (although it may not be the best looking) vs. "make it fancy" (and perhaps better looking/more elegant).BTW, to seal the wood and protect the project, I made and applied a beeswax finish instead of using polyurethane. My daughter requested the beeswax finish based, in part, about her concerns over toxicity. The beeswax finish was pretty easy to make...basically using a water bath/double boiler to melt one part beeswax pellets with three parts of food or medical/cosmetic grade mineral oil. Mineral oil is often used to oil wooden chopping blocks, bowls, and other kitchen utensils.Here are links to two different "formulas"...one suggesting you measure the parts by volume and the other by weight... http://www.toymakingplans.com/website/how-to/non-t...http://www.instructables.com/id/Simply-Gorgeous-an...I measured mine by volume and made a total of a quart of finish. I needed only about 1-1/2 cups of finish to cover the Pikler Triangle AND the 6' long slide with three coats. As such, I have plenty of finish left over for touch up and/or for other projects. I think that the finish has a very long shelf life.I applied the first coat with a microfiber rag while the mixture was still warm and liquid. After a couple of hours, I wiped everything down with a second microfiber rag to even out the finish. I applied the second and third coats at two day intervals by simply wiping the cooled semi-paste mixture with the first rag and again wiping everything down after a couple of hours with the second rag. I used disposal gloves to keep my hands clean while applying/buffing the finish.Time will tell how well this beeswax/mineral oil finish holds up to use. One nice thing about this, and other oil finishes, is that they can be easily touched up when necessary. Another good thing is that this finish will not harm my new granddaughter... or the dog...when they decide to chew on it. ;-)
Thanks so much for letting me know you made this, PapaDick, and good for you for modifying the plans to fit your needs. I did consider the idea of just using hex bolts with the lock nuts but figured I needed something better-looking if I was going to post the plans:-) Glad it worked out so well; I'm sure your granddaughters will love it.
Thanks,statestraveller, for sharing these wonderful plans. I just finished a Pikler Triangle and a 6' long slide/ramp for my 2-1/2 year old granddaughter and she loves it. While I suspect she'll outgrow it soon, it will be ready for her one-month old little sister when she's ready to pull herself up on it. Rather than using the adjusting screw/knob or the hitch pin to support the Triangle in the open position, I extended the Pivot Piece by 3/4" so that I could stack 2 - 3/4" x 3/4" x 5" pieces to it. They were attached by 1-1/4" #8 screws and provide continuous support over a 5" length rather than concentrate the load on the screw or pin. I added a 2" hook & eye gate hook with spring slide lock to keep prying little fingers from messing with things. I also used simple 5/16" x 2-1/2" hex bolts with washers and nylon lock nuts to serve as my pivot. While they are not as elegant as the flat-head socket cap screws suggested, they were much cheaper and readily available at my local Home Depot and Ace Hardware store. Finally, I adjusted the spacing between rungs to 3-7/8"...meaning I drilled the holes in the side rails every 4-7/8". The building code where I live specifies that a "4" diameter ball" must not be able to pass between the rungs on stair railings. I took that as a reasonable, local standard and deducted 1/8" from the spacing just to be on the safe side.I've included a close up picture of the pivot piece showing the 3/4"x3/4" pieces and the gate hook as well as a picture of the triangle in collapsed position...a question that had been raised earlier.
nice job and another thing added to my to make list
Thanks for the thought, Raszberry. I've done TVP + bouillon (or English-style beef flavored gravy granules work very well to add a meat flavor, and - rather disturbingly - they contain no meat products) as well. The main reason I usually stick to meat is because I find the TVP doesn't have enough calories to sustain me after a long day of hiking so if anyone's considering doing this, be sure to bump up your food volume (or add oil to the rehydrated product) rather than assuming a 1:1 substitution will be satisfying.
I do a lot of these and I have used TVP ( textured vegetable protein) instead of meat as a substitute with a beef boluion added in for the beff flavour .. My meaty friends did not know the difference and worked great cuz there are already dehydrated !
This plan is extremely dangerous. The rung spacing of 5" would allow a child's body to slip through at the top rung and the head would be caught leaving the child hanging. I shudder to think anyone owns such a thing. The professionally made triangles have a spacing of 3-1/4" according to regulations for child safety.
Did this years ago. One MUST consider if you have tongue and groove style (1 piece slides into the 2nd) this joint MOVES with the weather - expands when hot, contracts with cold. Mine cracked at every single joint the first season change in weather.
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Thanks for all the great info! Do you think the polyurethane step is necessary? My baby is still pretty young and likes to mouth/chew everything.
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