Chicken Novelty Toy

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Project by handsawgeek posted 04-15-2016 02:40 PM 1029 views 5 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Slide the base sections back and forth, and watch a couple wood chickens pull at a rubber worm! A great way to spend a quality evening!

See the full story about this gem in my blog.

-- Ed

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Mark Wilson

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#1 posted 04-15-2016 07:33 PM

That’s wonderful, ed. I could entertain myownbadself with a thing like that for several seconds.

-- Mark

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#2 posted 04-16-2016 03:20 AM

I love finding these old-style toys in flea markets and such. I have to photograph them for possible future building. Your chickens look very entertaining. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#3 posted 04-16-2016 04:49 AM

Good job. Great story to boot ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 04-16-2016 10:25 AM

Very fun and entertaining project.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 04-16-2016 01:06 PM

Nice. You certainly didn’t lay an egg with this project.
Did you use a pattern or just “wing” it?

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#6 posted 04-16-2016 01:58 PM

The kids will love this toy. Congratulations and nice work.

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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#7 posted 04-17-2016 12:37 AM

My wife would love this for her country kitchen. I need to get the plans from you for this!

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#8 posted 04-18-2016 12:04 PM

Very cool. How bout a short video so we can experience the tug-o-war…lol

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#9 posted 04-18-2016 03:44 PM

Hi, All,
Thanks for the replies.
I was very greatly surprised to see that a simple knock- around project like this made Daily top 3! Who’da thunk?

Any way, I’ll see if I can work up a build plan and post it on my blog page.

At the moment, I only have a basic card stock template of the chicken outline buried somewhere in the deepest, darkest recesses of the handsawgeek shop.

-- Ed

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#10 posted 04-18-2016 05:47 PM

Congrats! Simple sometimes does the trick.

Would love to see a build plan on this. A YT video would be great.

If you’re so inclined, I could see this attached to the top of a post with a windmill driving the sliding action. Not sure how well the slider would hold up to the elements, but you have to admit it would be fun to look out the window and see these two at it every time the wind blew. :).

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Upstate NY USA

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#11 posted 04-18-2016 07:00 PM

I do believe you are on to something. This probably could be converted into a splendid whirligig!

-- Ed

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#12 posted 04-18-2016 07:31 PM

That’s the word I was looking for: whirligig! The base would have to be designed differently. Doable. And more complex. :)

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Upstate NY USA

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#13 posted 04-19-2016 12:59 AM

Nice novelty for any age!
One of my former managers, many years ago, had something similar on his desk and no one could resist making it move.

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

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