Wakefield Frog, and a Plane from Steve Ramsey

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Project by SaintNYC posted 04-17-2016 10:06 PM 435 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello all – Just completed a frog from Dave Wakefield’s animated toys book. It’s a frog, and it’s a pretty simple toy which didn’t require much in the way of labor constructing it. Some of his plans require a table saw which I do have, but I haven’t take it out of the box (a small DW745 – need a stand first before I try it for the first time). Once I get that squared away, I will attack the other toys. This frog was a fun build, with laminated butternut and walnut. Pegs and wheels were from Michael’s, I think. I used a 1/2” walnut, 3/8” walnut and 1/8# walnut and glued them up – so I hope my two year old nephew won’t notice the seam. The 1/4” Butternut is a bit of a pain to sand because it seems like it’s never quite completed, and the hole for the eye is a bit messy.

The plane came from a simple plan of Woodworking for Mere Mortals. I used birdseye maple for the body, walnut for the wing and stabilizer and laminated some scrap zebrawood and cherry for the propeller. The landing gear is craft store dowels and wheels, and I added walnut pieces between the wheels so that they can spin without being glued to the axle (translation: the dowel was too small for the wheels and I had to improvise). My only concern is if one of those pieces comes loose and my nephew decides he’s hungry. I think this plan was distributed with the intent of making it and sending them to a charity which will deliver it to sick kids in the hospital, so I will surely be making more of these, albeit more colorful.

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#1 posted 04-17-2016 10:34 PM

Just love all animated toys.
The moving parts are just so much fun once you start putting them together.

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

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#2 posted 04-18-2016 09:53 AM

You can’t never get enough of wooden toys. Nice pieces.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 04-21-2016 02:23 AM

I’m sure those two toys will bring many hours of fun. and I’m sure nobody but you will ever notice those seams.

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