|Project by Jeff Farquhar||posted 07-22-2016 09:21 PM||554 views||1 time favorited||5 comments|
My friend’s daughter was turning four and I decided that I would make her a wooden toy from a book that my dad gave me about animated wooden toys. As this was my first attempt at this type of project, I decided to make the hopping rabbit as it seemed to be a little more simple than some of the others. That being said, the first attempt did not take as I broke the ears. TIP: Do not drop a wooden rabbit on its ears, they will break. RIP first rabbit.
On the second attempt, I cut the body out of a 2” oak board with my bandsaw. I drilled three holes for 1/4” dowels that would be the axels and the eyes. I burned the ends of the eyes with a woodturning tool to make them black. Using 2” and 2 1/2” hole saws I cut the wheels out pallet wood. I drilled the holes for the dowels in the front wheels off center so that the rabbit would hop when pulled by its leash. I eased the edges of the body with sandpaper and rounded over the edges of the wheels with my router. So as not to have another ear mishap, I drilled a 1/2” hole through the top of the ears and a 1/4” into the body. I inserted a 1/2” dowel into that hole to better protect the ears from breakage. As that was rather unsightly, I decided that this would be a girl rabbit and tied a bow around that dowel and the ears. The leash is paracord attached to wood from the oak board and runs through a hole in the rabbits nose. I sanded to 220 and finished it with natural Danish oil.
This project was a huge success! My friend’s daughter loved it and it appears to be getting quite a lot of “exercise”. However, there appears to be a custody battle with her little sister for it.