|Project by Dave Rutan||posted 10-04-2016 08:40 PM||752 views||1 time favorited||13 comments|
I made this toy for the 2016 Makers Care event. [link] It’s made from some clean scrap pine that I had, plus a few short lengths of 1/4 in. dowel. I looked up a bunch of similar toys, but drew this one out by hand. I cut it out on the scroll saw and made the wheels on the drill press using a hole saw. Lots of sanding followed that with a little gluing. I left it unfinished. I’m very happy with the result.
For some reason I’ve wanted to make this for a while, but never bothered until Steve Ramsey announced this event. In Esperanto culture a crocodile doesn’t speak Esperanto. Traditionally this goes back to an early teaching method where you drill the student in yes and no questions. The teacher had a crocodile toy and often used it to say ’La krokodilo ne parolas Esperanton.’ (The crocodile doesn’t speak Esperanto.) So now it’s part of the Esperanto culture.
After cutting out the body, I traced it on a piece of corrugated just in case I ever need to make another. ;-)
-- Ni faru ion el ligno!