5 Ton Crane’s Latest


The 5 Ton Crane crew has been at it again this summer. For the past few months, they have been building a scaled down version of the Nautilus from Jules Verne’s 20,000 leagues under the sea. The sub won’t actually be sea-worthy and sadly won’t be ravaging any whaling ships or other enemies of the oceans any time soon. Nevertheless, it has an unexpected and pretty cool function. The sub was contracted to be a land-based art-car for the Burning Man Festival happening this Sept. in the Black Rock Desert.

The base of the sub was reclaimed from one of those boxy cars that push airplanes around. Most of the project was designed in Solid Works then laser cut and assembled over the base like a puzzle. The exterior skin was hand cut, formed and riveted to the curves of the hull, which lends a great deal of authenticity to the overall look of the piece.

My contribution to the project is the top hatch, which will be the primary access point to the deck. The file for a 34” steel disc was sent off this week. While I wait for that piece to be cut and delivered, I have been working on the hand-wheels that the owners will use to lock, un-lock and open the hatch.

I don’t often get the chance to make things as substantial as I would like, and so when the opportunity comes up Its really exciting.

I found some 1 1/8” solid round stock and bent it on a circle jig.


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