Pedaling Cyclist

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Project by dansnow posted 06-30-2014 05:01 PM 4729 views 9 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I found the plans for this guy while wandering the internet looking for ideas to add to our shop. I couldn’t find out the origin, but I figure it’s a pretty old design. It’s about 9” high.

The body, legs, arms and front wheel are all 1/4” red oak. The fork is from some 4/4 red oak, and the wheels from a piece of 1/2” red oak I had left over. Wheel spacers are 3/4 oak dowel, and the axles are 1/4” oak dowel.

The tricky part was drilling the 1/8” holes in the 1/4” axle for the pins. I ended up making the axles extra long, drilling the holes, then trimming the ends back.

The plans call for this to be a pull toy, but to me it makes a better desk top toy.

Thanks for looking.

-- Snow's Wooden Toys & Gifts

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#1 posted 06-30-2014 06:28 PM

Absolutely a nice piece of work. Great to have a the desk.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 06-30-2014 07:16 PM

Great looking wood toy—very nicely done.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#3 posted 06-30-2014 07:47 PM


I have a piece of 1” angle iron welded onto a base that makes a good centering jig for round stock. Set to be V shaped from the drill base! Only one hole in the angle ; but, several for attaching to drillpress base.

Set it to the bit on a non-drilled spot—VERY carefully move to the pre-drilled hole and clamp/bolt down. Now drill them.

Cheap—works well and is handy.

-- just rjR

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#4 posted 06-30-2014 08:07 PM

Thats a nice looking toy/ornament any chanch to post the plan or website for this .
Thanks for posting I enjoyed it .

-- Kiefer

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#5 posted 06-30-2014 08:20 PM

Dan very nice, would also like to see the website where it came from, TY for sharing

-- Pete in NC

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#6 posted 06-30-2014 08:38 PM

Hay that’s neat Dan Your floors are always swept clean.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#7 posted 06-30-2014 08:39 PM

Very nice job. Congratulations. Have a link to the plans? Maybe try to copy!!

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#8 posted 06-30-2014 09:58 PM

That’s the thing folks, I have looked and looked and I have not been able to find the website that had the plans. Seems some dummy forgot to bookmark it! However I did manage to download the pdf of the plans before they were lost, so if you want to message me I’ll be more than happy to send them to you.

-- Snow's Wooden Toys & Gifts

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#9 posted 06-30-2014 10:00 PM

Ralbuck, your idea is identical to what I use, except my angle is made of wood. The tricky part I found was that if I drilled to close to the end the dowel would chip out between the hole and the end. That’s why I cut long, drill, then trim back. :)

-- Snow's Wooden Toys & Gifts

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#10 posted 07-01-2014 12:19 AM

Very cool. Would love to see a .gif or youtube of him in action.

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#11 posted 07-01-2014 12:24 AM

Hey Dan – Well done. It looks GREAT. The plans are from Ken Folk’s “Folk Toys: Patterns & Projects for the Scroll Saw” pages 56 – 61 in the edition I have. 1998 Stackpole Books. My wife got it for me about three Christmases ago. I modified the “Horse With Moving Rider” in there to be my Cossack toy –

-- Toy Making Dad, Northern Virginia,

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#12 posted 07-01-2014 01:24 PM

Great job!

-- irtamos, Belgium

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#13 posted 07-01-2014 01:42 PM

It’s very creative and well done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#14 posted 07-07-2014 06:09 PM

Awesome job, think I found the site with the plans.

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#15 posted 07-28-2015 11:46 AM

Great job , Lovely toy.

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