Hopping rabbit.....sans ears

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Project by Doug posted 09-09-2009 07:16 PM 1174 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My craftsmanship doesn’t compare with the rest of the LJ’s, but I’ll post this one anyway.

I built this with my son last winter when he was bored and about 20 months old. When I’d arrive home from work, he immediately wanted me to take him down to my shop so he could see my tools, play with my cordless drill, and anything else I’d let him do. So, I tried to do something productive while he got to have fun too. I cut the shape out of an piece of reclaimed oak from a fireplace mantle and he helped me drill the holes and use the circle cutting jig to cut the wheels out of some old oak flooring, etc. I realized after making it that I hadn’t even paid attention to grain direction, hence the loss of the ears….(which was helped out significantly by the rabbit being forced to practice his skydiving off of our deck this summer). I always meant to actually finish it, including cut grooves in the wheels for O-rings to help it get enough traction to hop on a wood floor, but he wanted to play with it, so I didn’t do any finishing. After being outside all summer it looks like a chinchilla who should have used sunscreen.

-- Doug, WA

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#1 posted 09-09-2009 08:18 PM

hi Doug, I’m a newcomer here, from Italy. And I’m not a father, but only the uncle of a 3 y.o kid; I have built some toys too. Your rabbit is beautiful (I think I’ll build it too for my dear nephew). I bet your son will become a keen woodworker, you are shaping him in the best way.
I have a silly curiosity: is there a nuance of the language when you say sans instead of without ears?

-- Antonio

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#2 posted 09-09-2009 08:31 PM

I’m sure someone on here knows all about English usage where I don’t, but for me, I use “sans” when I’m trying to sound smart….which I’m not. :) Apparently “sans” started cropping up in the 14th century or so, Shakespeare used it, and no, I didn’t know all of that, I had to look it up, at the same time I was verifying the definition of “sans” and that I didn’t accidentally say a naughty word in Latin. :)

-- Doug, WA

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#3 posted 09-09-2009 08:42 PM

ah! internet induces people to imagine fantastic things…I bet you were a text editor, or a typographer :-) who was still thinking of his SansSerif letters while at home :-)...

-- Antonio

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#4 posted 09-10-2009 02:16 AM

Thats it Doug get him started early.

Nice job.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#5 posted 09-10-2009 04:37 AM

Very good project. I have some grand nephews who would like that. You’ve given me an idea.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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