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Whac-A-Woodworker Whirligig

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Project by Steve posted 07-28-2014 03:04 PM 950 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this Whac-A-Woodworker Whirligig for the Whirligig Wars 2014 contest hosted by Laney Shaughnessy and Steve Ramsey. It’s based on the Whac-A-Mole arcade game. It has 5 propellers that turn independently in the wind, which makes the woodworkers pop up randomly. It thought it would be cool to have a whirligig that you could interact with, instead of just watching.

It’s made from a 4-foot piece of 1×12 pine. I used Rustoleum 2X spray paints, which spray on really nicely with good coverage. The overall size is about 25”w x 11”h x 11”d. The propellers are small at 8” wide to keep the whole thing smaller, but they work well at pushing the pistons up.

I featured woodworkers who inspired me to start making my own woodworking videos. I grew up watching Norm. Laney, Steve, Marc, and Matt were the first woodworkers I followed on iTunes and YouTube. I’ve learned so much from them about woodworking and making videos. So thanks to them!

If you’ve never tried to build a whirligig, I recommend it. It’s a different kind of challenge and it’s a nice departure from trying to make everything straight and square.

Click here to see it in action in my contest entry video.

Click here to read an article I wrote with more details.

Thank you for looking at it! Steve :)

-- Steve in Lawrenceville, GA - http://www.TheCarmichaelWorkshop.com





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hotncold

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#1 posted 07-28-2014 05:17 PM

That is a really cool idea and entry! Hope you do well in this year’s contest.

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#2 posted 07-28-2014 06:21 PM

awesome!i want to try make a whirligig soon!

-- "The secret of getting ahead is getting started" Mark Twain https://www.youtube.com/user/bazza866/videos

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#3 posted 07-28-2014 06:24 PM

Too kewl

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#4 posted 07-29-2014 02:21 AM

Even if this doesn’t win, Steve, you are a winner in my book! Nice build, nice job, and good luck!

I love Mark’s comments about it on FB!

-- I make sawdust. I think thats a fair assessment of my finished products!

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#5 posted 05-05-2015 01:32 PM

This idea is so cure.

Would be fun to see the face of a youngster finding his face and friends on one of these.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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