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Kick-powered forklift truck
By MERTON H. SLUTZ THE PAYLOAD is just a few empty cartons, but maneuvering this pint-sized truck will sharpen Junior's coordination and give him plenty of exercise as well. Turning the double-handled crank raises or lowers the fork assembly, which slides in dadoes cut in the two uprights. For easy operation, the dadoes should be cut about 3/16-in wider than the fork backboard. It's also a good idea to doublecheck the location of the crank to make sure that the operator won't skin his knuckles. In the drawing below, the fork is hinged to the backboard. If storage space at your home is no problem, the fork and back may be screwed together. The truck may be painted any color; the real models are usually yellow with black trim.

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