Scented Skunk animated pull toy

  • Advertise with us
Project by DaleMaley posted 03-28-2016 02:15 PM 544 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After getting David Wakefield's book on patterns for animated wood toys, I am building the ones I find most interesting to me.

The Scented Skunk uses a cam driven by the back wheels to make the tail go up and down.

I used maple for the light colored wood and walnut for the dark colored wood.

This is a relatively simple animated toy to build. The only issue I had was an error in the pattern in the book. The geometry is wrong for the bottom of the two maple pieces on the outside of the tail. Because I had found errors in this book on a previous toy, I thought about how to check the tail movement before the laminated glue up, but I did not see how to check it. I was able to remove enough material with the Dremel 1/2” drum sander to make it work ok.

To see my Trials & Tribulations of building this project, 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:

I have some pretty green 1/4” macrame string on order to replace the plain Jane white string shown in the video.

The little ones in the family should really enjoy playing with this one!


-- Dale, Illinois,

4 comments so far

View bushmaster's profile


1252 posts in 1702 days

#1 posted 03-28-2016 03:23 PM

another interesting toy, took me abit to figure that one out.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

View DaleMaley's profile


262 posts in 1655 days

#2 posted 03-28-2016 03:59 PM

another interesting toy, took me abit to figure that one out.

- bushmaster

I was hoping my how it works picture would help explain how the cam drives the tail.



-- Dale, Illinois,

View Ken90712's profile


16864 posts in 2608 days

#3 posted 03-28-2016 10:26 PM

Very cool.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

View htl's profile


2015 posts in 579 days

#4 posted 03-29-2016 02:03 AM

Way cool project and would be a blast to build.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics