carving "Thunderbolt" #9: Mechanics completed !

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Blog entry by mpounders posted 02-11-2011 07:10 AM 2483 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Thanks to unusual snow-fall amounts in Arkansas, I’ve had a few days off and have been able to get the mechanics and a good portion of the base completed. I am a better wood-carver than I am a wood-worker, but I keep trying, thanks to all the inspiring projects people post on Lumberjocks! The construction and design are pretty simple, which is about all I can handle. I wanted a base that would be steady, when the toy is cranked, and I wanted it to be a little tall, to attract attention and to allow the mechanics to be viewed.

The gears, bushings, and cam are all from birch plywood, with few miscellaneous pieces of maple and pear. The stand itself is yellow pine and the legs are basswood. I wanted the gears to draw attention, but the main focal point will be the horse and rider, so I wanted to use a natural finish that let the colors and grain of the wood show through. I liked the contrast of the grain in the pine, but I wanted to make it a little more fun, a little more exotic in appearance. So I decided to play a little bit with some red dye. It ranges from pinkish-brown on the face of the pine to a reddish-purple on the end grain. I like the faded look it has in some areas and the rich red around the gears and cam. The basswood has very subtle graining that compliments and contrasts, I think, with the other wood.

The mechanics are very simple, but they operate smoothly and will give the motion that I am looking for to the horse, which will be mounted on the rod that will be operated by the cam. I am thinking about either using basswood for the top of this stand, in order to give it a better flow. Any advice on this? Should I use something else with more color on the top ( lacewood, walnut, paduak, cherry are what I have) ? Or would it be too much… too many different things… too distracting? Thanks for looking!

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#1 posted 02-11-2011 07:14 AM

that looks good as it is. Have you had it going yet?

-- Theresa,

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#2 posted 02-11-2011 07:20 AM

Not with the horse on it as yet, I just got it all screwed together a bit ago. Still waiting on the epoxy to dry on one piece….I made a gear that makes it sound like a galloping horse when it is turned. But I have wasted at least an hour or two playing ….er testing with the gears and pieces that I have so far!

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#3 posted 02-11-2011 07:23 AM

that sounds cool. It will all add to the overall effect1

-- Theresa,

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#4 posted 02-11-2011 02:45 PM

We need a video of it in action when you get it completed please. Great job.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#5 posted 02-11-2011 05:00 PM

I agree with a video I am lovin it so far.

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#6 posted 02-11-2011 05:41 PM

yea mike your doing a great job and its looking so very fun, i think your doing a wonderful job with all of the phases…so keep at it and keep showing enjoying this whole project your doing..thanks for sharing it with us…its looking might good…..cant wait to see this in action…...

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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