These crankie box directions come from Louis Leger, better known around Seattle as Lulu because that is what his young granddaughters
call him, so it stuck!
Louis performs crankies with his daughter-in-law Dejah Leger. You will see Dejah's papercut crankies throughout the "Watch a Crankie" section of this website.
They both perform in their family band La Famille Leger.
This basic design and dimensions were taken from the crankie
box used by Anna and Elizabeth annaandelizbeth.com Thank you to Anna Roberts Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle for sharing their information and helping us get started - and for the
These are not step-by-step instructions, but this should give you a basic idea of how to make the box.
- Two pieces of wood 26" X 10" (this is for the top and bottom)
- Two pieces of wood 22" X 10" (this is for the sides)
- One piece of wood 3 1/2" X 26" (this goes across the front of the box to brace/strengthen the structure)
- Two 1/2" diameter dowel rods 22" long (these are
leader dowels or tension rods and they keep the scroll near the front window)
- Two 1" diameter dowel rods 2' long (these are for the spindle part of the cranks)
- Two 2" X 4" pieces of wood (which connect the spindle and the crank knob)
- Two crank knobs (you can purchase at the hardware store or make your own, see examples
- One suitcase or drawer handle (optional)