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Project by APLJaK posted 1868 days ago 1016 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Maple and Walnut pull along toy. Kind of fun.

-- APLJaK Woodworking, Okanagan Valley, BC





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#1 posted 1868 days ago

This is an interesting piece. I see that it is articulated. If this is intended for a small child to use, I would be concerned about the metal antennae and spines on the back. I can’t tell for sure but the same as they may be pretty rigid and a puncture hazard. I actually think it may be too nice to let a kid use anyway. As a display piece, it’s wonderful.

-- gjd Southcentral Wisconsin

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#2 posted 1867 days ago

That is pretty cool! Did you have a plan for this, or did you just make it up? Either way….I like it.

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#3 posted 1867 days ago

if my wife ever sees all the great stuff on this site the long list goin get longer

-- when a tree falls in the forest.......Quebec ,Canada

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APLJaK

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#4 posted 1867 days ago

I have had a photocopy of the plan for several years and always wondered where it came from. It turns out it is one of Richard Blizzard’s plans. If anyone is making children’s toys, the Blizzard’s series, although difficult to find, is very well worth the money. I have collected several of his books from eBay over the years.

The plan is for ‘Wilf’ by Richard Blizzard Blizzard’s Action Toys.

-- APLJaK Woodworking, Okanagan Valley, BC

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APLJaK

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#5 posted 1867 days ago

Gary,

I agree that the ‘antennae’ look a bit dangerous. I used a soft brass wire and the ends are quite large and epoxied in place. They should bend over before they cause any damage to the child. Having said that, the caterpillar does not track very well with a rambunctious operator so this one actually spent more time on display than it did banging into walls. Still a very fun project that consumes a tremendous amount of wood. Did I mention he is over 40” long?

-- APLJaK Woodworking, Okanagan Valley, BC

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