Making of a dog

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Blog series by Betsy updated 2069 days ago 8 parts 6312 reads 40 comments total

Part 1: Finally have a toddler to make toys for!

2106 days ago by Betsy | 2 comments »

I’ve always wanted to make things for children. I finally have a toddler to make something for in the family. My nephews came along before I was really into woodworking for fun. So now a small niece is in the picture. This is what I’m making her for Christmas. It looks like a real fun project. They have a little weiner dog so hopefully she’ll like this. I didn’t get much done today – but i...

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Part 2: Slow process - but getting there

2103 days ago by Betsy | 2 comments »

I’m making some progress on the dog scooter. It’s starting to look like a scooter at least. I still have to fit the box joints which join the front legs to lazy susan portion of the legs. I think I’ll be able to get it mostly put together this weekend. I’ll spend some time rounding the edges and giving it a smooth paint coat. Hopefully, I’ll get it finished up before Thanksgiving as I’m going to take it to a friend at work to paint the face for me. I...

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Part 3: Slow but steady progress

2096 days ago by Betsy | 5 comments »

Still working on the dog scooter. Making a little progress. I have to admit to not being a big fan of those paper plans – but it seems to be going OK. Hopefully my friends niece will like it. I need to fit the lazy susan mechanism and then I’m ready to do some final sanding and actually putting it together. I’m planning to paint it before I assemble it – in hopes that will help me do a better paint job. (Can always hope.) Thanks for looking.

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Part 4: A heady question - need a lesson help

2093 days ago by Betsy | 4 comments »

I’m getting ready to assemble my little scooter. I’ve drilled the hole in the head to accept the dowel. The plan calls for only gluing the dowel into the hole. But I’m wondering if I should drill a second hole through the side of the head and into the dowel and insert a cross dowel (1/4”). I’m thinking that between the glue and the cross dowel the joint would last a lot longer. I’m thinking of drilling the hole for a cross dowel at the black dot on the p...

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Part 5: Need some asthetics advise

2092 days ago by Betsy | 6 comments »

OK – so now the folks on the forum have told me how to paint PVC with success. Now I would like your opinion if painting the PVC is even necessary. Would you paint the PVC tubing between the wheels? I’d really like your opinions. Thanks in advance.

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Part 6: Starting to look - sorta like a dog

2092 days ago by Betsy | 3 comments »

Got quite a lot done today. I’m down to painting it and making the final assembly. I think I made a good choice on the paint color as it actually looks close to the little one’s dog. I should be able to sand this down a little tomorrow to get all the nubs off and put on the second coat. I had to come up with a way to hold the dog’s head up to get the paint on without having to do one side then the other. I had a small stroke on genius and discovered my bench dog h...

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Part 7: Almost there!

2090 days ago by Betsy | 10 comments »

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&...

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Part 8: Lexa is born!

2069 days ago by Betsy | 8 comments »

Well here she is! Lexa – the newest dog on the block. Can’t wait for Christmas morning! One of the girls at work – dolled the doggie up. She did a great job – better than I could have done anyway. Hope you like her. I appreciate all the help my fellow LJ’s have given me on the project.

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