2014 Whirligig

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Project by Gianni posted 10-12-2014 09:12 PM 993 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my entry for whirligig wars, just catching up on some LJ posting. I don’t do a lot of woodworking in the summer, but I loved this idea and the contest was a lot of fun. The project itself was a lot of stack cutting on the bandsaw, some scrollsawing, and a good bit of bending metal. Painting seemed to go on forever, but the result was satisfying.

The lazy susan bearing up inside the stack-cut sun was a neat way to protect it from the weather.

Here is a link to the video.

Regrettably, the judges were apparently not Grateful Dead fans.

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#1 posted 10-13-2014 12:17 PM

That’s a winner, judges just don’t get it. Nice work!

-- stay thirsty my friends...

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#2 posted 10-16-2014 12:07 AM

Very nice. Love the use of the dancing bears as the vanes.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#3 posted 07-18-2015 04:11 PM

I have a very Deadicated Greatful Dead friend I would like to build one for can you post more info on build I am just getting started back in to wood working Thank’y

-- Dan

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#4 posted 07-24-2015 10:22 AM

Sorry so late Dan, I don’t do much woodworking in the summer and haven’t checked in for a while.

The bears are 1/4 ply and were stack cut all at once by sticking several sheets together with carpet tape. The skeletons were cut the same way, though each is 3 layers thick. I cut these individually, then separated them, making the cuts for the hinged pieces – these are different for each one and it takes a little planning. Basically the center layer is cut to hinge inside the two outer layers, then I drilled a pilot hole and used a small piece of wire to pin/hinge the moving parts.

The bas, peace signs, etc are pretty straightforward. If you watch Steve Ramsey’s whirligig video it explains that part much better than I could. The sun part was two pieces of 3/4 ply stuck together with carpet tape and again stackmcut on the bandsaw. I separated the pieces and cut the middle part out of the bottom half to house a lasy susan bearing.

From there, it was just a lot of painting. Hope you enjoy!

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#5 posted 12-26-2015 12:12 AM

That made me smile; lotta fun work.

-- Gary, Florida.

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