|Project by DaleMaley||posted 03-24-2016 01:48 PM||648 views||3 times favorited||5 comments|
After building David Wakefield’s animated Beaver toy, I went ahead and got his book with over 20 animated wood toys.
In his book, David said he has settled in on cherry as the best wood for his animated toys because it is light and strong. He dips the toys in food grade mineral oil when they are completed.
I had no cherry in my current inventory, but I had a few pieces of Brazilian Cherry I bought 4 years ago from Woodcraft. I thought this would be a good project to try it out. It is a very heavy wood, but worked ok, and I assume it turns a darker brown over time like American cherry.
There is a short dowel on the inside of each of the two front wheels. As the wheels turn, the dowels lift the mouth open, then it falls closed with a nice clunk sound. You can set how often the mouth opens by how you orient the 2 front wheels. You can get 1 opening per rev, 2 openings per rev, or 2 openings per rev with a space between openings.
This is a relatively simple animated toy to build. The only issue I had was that I did not follow his directions precisely, and drilled the two teeth holes at the wrong angle. This prevented the mouth from closing with it desired loud noise. I was able to modify the design and make it work, since I did not find this until after final assembly. To see my Trials & Tribulations of building this animated Hippo, see my woodworking web site.
Still pictures do not do these designs justice, you need to see and hear the model in action…....so I made a Youtube video:
The little ones in the family should really enjoy playing with this one!
-- Dale, Illinois, http://dalemaley.webs.com/