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Crocodile Toy for MakersCare.org 2016

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Project by Dave Rutan posted 10-04-2016 08:40 PM 752 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

[Legebla ankaĆ­ en Esperanto]

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!





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htl

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#1 posted 10-04-2016 08:58 PM

Way cute!!!
Put a string in his nose and he’ll follow you anywhere.

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

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#2 posted 10-04-2016 09:52 PM

Great looking crocodile, Dave! I’m sure he’ll go to a good home!

-- Dean

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Dave Rutan

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#3 posted 10-04-2016 10:37 PM



Way cute!!!
Put a string in his nose and he ll follow you anywhere.

- htl

Just like Digger the Dog!

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#4 posted 10-04-2016 10:38 PM



Great looking crocodile, Dave! I m sure he ll go to a good home!

- Mean_Dean

I’m still surprised at how well it came out proportionally. I drew it once, glued it to the board and off I went.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#5 posted 10-05-2016 04:02 AM

Nice project – like La Coste T-shirt logo.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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htl

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#6 posted 10-05-2016 04:02 AM

The Makers Care event is what got me back into toy building after many years so I thank them for that.

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

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#7 posted 10-05-2016 08:45 AM

Great toy and story, Dave!

-- God bless, Candy

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#8 posted 10-05-2016 11:45 AM



Nice project – like La Coste T-shirt logo.

- majuvla

Funny. I had to think about that for a moment.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#9 posted 10-05-2016 11:47 AM



The Makers Care event is what got me back into toy building after many years so I thank them for that.

- htl

Last year I think he announced it when I was in the middle of something, so I didn’t take part. It was a good reason to dust off my scroll saw.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#10 posted 10-05-2016 11:48 AM



Great toy and story, Dave!

- CFrye

Thanks Candy.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#11 posted 10-05-2016 04:23 PM

I think if I were going to name the guy, I’d call him Mal.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#12 posted 10-05-2016 06:46 PM

We made the DT3! Thanks to all my fans.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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htl

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#13 posted 10-05-2016 10:26 PM

This just helps to show that complicated things are not needed to be cool here.

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

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