Ramp walking duck and other critters

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Blog entry by oakwood posted 03-16-2013 03:15 PM 3798 reads 4 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The original one came to life through experimentation and the only help I can give is through the photos below. The body can be done with a dado or by sandwiching three pieces together. Then cut out the animal or whatever figure you wish. The front leg is fixed and the back leg is movable and pined with a tiny nail after you find the center of balance. Do a test by inserting the front leg temporarily. What I do then is insert a sharp pencil where the hind leg will go to find the center of balance and then make a light pencil mark on the outside of the duck in line with the pencil. Try to keep the center of gravity low but high enough to allow the leg to swing. The drawing shows a filler piece but all you really need is a small stop piece for the leg to hit. I line the ramps with that rubbery anti skid substance that comes in small rolls. The stuff you put on shelves. It helps to provide the friction required, along with the balance and rocking action which is required. Do remember that the feet need to curved slightly. Again you will have to test and adjust. Hope this will help and good luck….John

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#2 posted 03-16-2013 10:05 PM

Thank you when I get one done I will post it.

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