Gallows

Updated 05/20/14

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Ultimate Miniature Gallows Play set!

At the suggestion of a repeat client, I went to work trying to make a triple noose high drop gallows complete with three unlucky neer do wells.

Said neer do wells were to have articulated necks for that sidewise look everyone gets at the end of the drop. Stiff necks would leave the body hanging at an angle. Not very realistic.

This set was made from maple and the condemned were carved from poplar of a similar grain pattern to the maple. All hardware was smithed from low carbon steel and should outlast the model itself. There is a youtube video of it in action called Hang 'em Low.

Ultimate Miniature Gallows Trap Mechanism

At the suggestion of a client, I went to work trying to make a durable release mechanism for a double door trap.

This client demanded a machine that could execute Nazi facsimiles for hours at a time. This ruled out anything made from wood.

Internet searches delivered little in information, but much need for a solution. I believe this may be it.

This machine required a steel lever, four steel linkwheels, and four steel inkages. All were riveted together cold iron style, and the movement is smooth.

This design can be altered to drop the whole floor, two seperate single doors, or the clamshell you see here.

Click the image to see the complete sequence that made the floor you see here.

Small single door gallows

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Working and marginally accurate old western era prison gallows.

This model occupies a space roughly 1 cubic foot in overall dimension. All jointery is by treenails, luck and patience. Materials used are douglas fir, maple, and nylon. The floor planking and stairs are tounge depressor stock, and all floors are framed and joisted to scale.

The release mechanism is pure serendipity, and is composed of a series of guides, a sliding release blade and a lever assembly, as seen in the clickable image, which sits at the top of the kill-floor.

This model will cost about $400.00 to get me to make another. Of course it comes with a rough carved victim which you can complete yourself to look like anyone you wish.

Small extra wide single door gallows

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Kill multple felons with this working and historically accurate old western era gallows.

This model occupies a space roughly 1 and 1/2 cubic feet in overall dimension. All jointery is mitred and glued but can be treenailed for extra charge. Materials used are poplar, which in this case looks just like walnut and nylon. The floor planking and stairs are made from the same stock, and all floors are framed and joisted to scale.

The release mechanism is a pair of latches activated by wooden cogs and linkages which lead to a lever assembly, sitting at the top of the kill-floor.

This model will cost about $350.00. No victim(s) with this model.