Tail-thumping animated beaver toy

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Project by DaleMaley posted 03-19-2016 11:29 AM 1172 views 7 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The Oct/Nov issue of Woodcraft magazine has the plans for David Wakefield’s Tail Thumping Beaver animated toy.

The beaver’s tail moves up and down as you push it forwards or backwards. A cam attached to the rear wheels moves the tail up and down.

I made up a batch of 10 beaver toys using poplar wood.

The clearance for the cam and tail in the main body of the beaver is made using a dado stack on the table saw.

The tail is made using the common scroll saw method of pasting a pattern on sides of the blank, and sawing it out, yielding curved pieces.

Wakefield recommends dipping the beavers in food grade mineral oil, which I did.

I made a youtube video showing the beaver in action. It is a fun toy when it is in action :)

You can see my Trials & Tribulations of building these beavers at my woodworking web site.


-- Dale, Illinois,

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#1 posted 03-19-2016 09:41 PM

Looking good!

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#2 posted 03-20-2016 05:33 AM

I thought Thumper was a rabbit?

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#3 posted 03-20-2016 09:53 AM

This is just great! As soon as I saw it I decided to follow your lead and make a batch for myself to give away to great grandchildren and also all of the neighborhood kids. Especially thanks for the reference to the pattern location.

-- Retired and lovin it

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#4 posted 03-20-2016 03:34 PM

I’m going to have to build some of these beavers because my grandchildren should really enjoy them. Thanks for sharing the link to your video.

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#5 posted 03-20-2016 03:51 PM

I m going to have to build some of these beavers because my grandchildren should really enjoy them. Thanks for sharing the link to your video.

- 3woodworkers4life

Still pictures of this beaver toy do not do it justice, you need to see the toy in action to appreciate how much fun it can be.


-- Dale, Illinois,

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#6 posted 03-20-2016 06:44 PM

Lots of fun and a nice toy.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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