Making of a dog #7: Almost there!

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Blog entry by Betsy posted 12-02-2008 05:14 AM 1119 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 6: Starting to look - sorta like a dog Part 7 of Making of a dog series Part 8: Lexa is born! »

Almost there. I’ve still got the handle to put in and a plug in the front – then I’m taking the dog to work to get a friend to paint on the face.

The little metal caps that go on the axles were, to say the least, a bear to put on. if you have gorilla hands you could do it, but I had to use a hammer!


The dog has a good turning radius.


I like the eyes – -they look a lot like my dog’s eyes.


Hopefully I’ll have the dog done this week. I’ve been told the dog’s name is going to be Lexa.

Thanks for looking.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#1 posted 12-02-2008 05:26 AM

This is a cool little project! I think your friends niece is going to love it.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#2 posted 12-02-2008 05:31 AM

Thanks. I have to admit to having enjoyed this project more than most. It’s not elegant or fancy or intricate—but the fact that a little kid is going to play with it, makes it a great project. I can’t wait till Christmas morning!

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#3 posted 12-02-2008 08:05 AM

Great Job, Betsy!

Christmas morning smiles will be from ear to ear!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 12-02-2008 08:42 AM

That is a really cute project. It gives me some ideas for my two year old boy. The dog looks terrific. Great job!

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#5 posted 12-02-2008 08:30 PM

Its looking great Betsy!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#6 posted 12-03-2008 12:03 AM

wow thats very cool, coming along great too!

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#7 posted 12-03-2008 02:41 AM

Very nice Betsy. I’m sure that you already know that a child’s smile is priceless & I’m sure the niece’s smile will make you feel like a millionaire.


-- Lee

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#8 posted 12-03-2008 02:49 AM

Well done lookin good

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#9 posted 12-03-2008 05:27 AM

Thanks one and all. I put the handle in tonight and the final plug. Hope to take it to my friend to paint the face this weekend. Can’t wait for Christmas morning!

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#10 posted 12-10-2008 08:46 AM

I installed hundreds of hat nuts (also called pal nuts) when I worked at Toys R Us many years ago assembling Big Wheels and such.

A hammer is the proper tool to install them. If the reach is awkward, a close-fitting socket on an extension bar works well to give you some swinging room. Too late to help you, but someone else may have to assemble something late Christmas Eve and it might help them!

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