|Project by ToyMakingDad||posted 07-03-2015 03:13 PM||822 views||0 times favorited||3 comments|
This a toy for a one year old boy but my understanding is that his three year old sister is the one who shows him how to make it work…even when he is not around!
It is a mom a dad and two baby elephants. As you spin the platform the strings wind around the pole and when you release it, the elephants spins around as it unwinds and re-winds. It will go for a little over a minute.
The basics of the merry go round are based on the Carousel plans in John R. Nelson Jr’s “American Folk Toys”
I re-sized the elephants from the plans and used a 3/8’ dowel for the center support. All other wood is recycled pine from various sources.
This is the third version of this toy that I have made. I got a little smarter with this one and pegged the elephants to the disk and glued wood to wood and not wood to acrylic finish. What can I say, live and learn :)
Easy toy to make. Really pleasing motion and easy for kids to play with.
Here is a video of the toy in action:
-- Toy Making Dad, Northern Virginia, http://toymakingdad.blogspot.com