Kiddies’ “Whirl Swing” Combines Clothes Drier (Aug, 1937)

Kiddies’ “Whirl Swing” Combines Clothes Drier

A LAWN clothes drier that combines a thrilling “Whirl Swing” for children can be built from odds and ends at a negligible cost. The arms of the clothes drier, when not used for that purpose, are fitted with hobby horses to accommodate kiddie riders.

Make the upright post from a length of 2-1/2 or 3-inch iron pipe and anchor it in a concrete foundation below the level of the lawn. Atop the post, mount a cast iron bearing unit, made as described in the details at left or, if desired, an auto wheel from which the rim and a portion of the spokes have been removed.

Make the swinging arms from 5-inch by 1-1/2-inch oak, anchoring them to the bearing unit with long bolts. Attach horses, cut from 5-ply veneering, to opposite ends of arms in such a manner so as to permit their removal when not in use.

4 comments
  1. Thundercat says: January 29, 200811:35 am

    Oh yeah, this has safety written all over it. Also, what is supposed to keep this thing spinning?

  2. albear says: January 29, 200812:51 pm

    LOL Thundercat,

    Safety you ask? there was no such thing as safety in the good ol’ days! and besides, it was good for the gene pool to get rid of the bad.

  3. Stannous says: January 29, 20081:23 pm

    I broke my mom’s rotating clothes line by swinging on it.

    I forget the punishment but it must have been as severe as I deserved.

  4. Rick Auricchio says: January 29, 20085:06 pm

    And what keeps the kids from just “falling” back to center and hitting the main pole?

    I’m sure the lady of the house enjoyed taking the damn thing apart when she walked out with a basket of wet clothes…

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