Small Machines Hoist

A contemporary laser cut toy kit, to build and enjoy at home or work.


Small machines are a family-run business based in Sheffield, UK. They design and manufacture all of their toy kits themselves. All of the timber used is FSC sourced and certified and the toy kits are CE approved (the kits are not suitable for children 0-3 and should always be assembled with adult supervision).

Small Machines came about as a response to wanting a project kit that:

  • used hydraulics and other mechanisms to provide movement.
  • had a direct link to machines used in industry and commerce.
  • provided the starting point for imaginative play in anyone of any age.
  • used cutting edge technologies to put fascinating small machines in front of you.

The Hoist is beautiful in it’s simplicity. A project kit that uses a single pair of syringes to give movement to this swinging deck. There is a level of challenge in fitting the string. And the crossbeam for the deck goes together in a cheeky little manner.

TOP TIP: Don’t cut the string into separate pieces but fit the deck using the single length of string. This will allow the deck to always stay level.