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Project by Joseph Garcia posted 09-18-2016 01:48 PM 712 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Back in 2012 I was a fairly new dad trying to figure out how the elementary system worked trying to fit in a new neighborhood. So when it came time for the annual festival I volunteered. Here is the first derby car I made for my son. I know . . . I know . . . he is the one that is suppose to build it, but come on . . . I’m a finish carpenter! I live for this sorta stuff hahahaa . . . So while he played with his Legos I played with a block of wood.

I got my inspiration from an animation movie that had just come out. A young penguin about the same age as my son. Happy, jolly, and adventurous so it was a good match.

http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/happyfeet/images/b/b2/2006_happy_feet_041.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20130814233128

https://youtu.be/h-Svp_XH0uE?t=22s

I started by first tracing the block of wood onto a piece of copy paper.
Making 6 rectangles that I traced. One for each side.
Then I imagined it gliding down a huge slope of snow going down fast into the icy cold ocean.
I drew the penguin from images that I had searched using Google image search.
Once the drawing were transferred to the block of wood I got out my trusty Dremel tool and all the drilling bits that I had collected.
I removed the larger pieces by using a bandsaw.
Then when it came for the detail work I used what ever drill bit that was best fit for it.
I painted it all white to match the color of snow.
Painted the penguin’s black body and arms, etc.
Added some long pins from a local hobby shop that also sold snow stickers for all of the snow that goes flying.
Added the wheels and walla! . . . “Glider” was born hahahaa . . .

My son ended up getting a ribbon for one of the “Best in Show” category.

-- Joseph Garcia - (323) 491-9471 - AtYourService.LosFeliz@Gmail.com - Finish Carpenter / Woodworker / Handyman / Draftsman / Designer





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#1 posted 09-18-2016 06:54 PM

Thats one fancy car and cute too!

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

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#2 posted 09-19-2016 03:28 AM

lol . . . thanks.

-- Joseph Garcia - (323) 491-9471 - AtYourService.LosFeliz@Gmail.com - Finish Carpenter / Woodworker / Handyman / Draftsman / Designer

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#3 posted 09-19-2016 09:13 PM

Okay, it’s a penguin race car…that is coolness points all on it’s own! Seriously cool work!

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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#4 posted 09-20-2016 02:39 AM

Oh yes there we are!
Nice looking No 1 Joseph.
So again with the outstanding question where are the other now 39 please.
P.S. I dont want to be waiting another 4 years either please!

-- Regards Robert

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#5 posted 09-20-2016 03:26 PM

Lol, I cut them as parents brought me the pinewood blocks. I would set up the band saw before and after school two weeks before the annual festival and cut them as they were brought to me. They were all general shapes that the moms, dads, and 5 – 10 year olds could decorate with Legos, action figures, etc. I will look in my archive photos for the the ones that I built for my son later.

-- Joseph Garcia - (323) 491-9471 - AtYourService.LosFeliz@Gmail.com - Finish Carpenter / Woodworker / Handyman / Draftsman / Designer

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