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Project by ralbuck posted 12-12-2016 06:29 AM 1012 views 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was using scrap hardwood up, making a bottle openers for a future sale. I found that one I had accidentally just cut to a usable shaped had a strong resemblance to a hippo. Without any input , I asked 3 other people what the shape looked like—all said hippo.

I then decided to make a template and tweak it a little more.

You see the result. Unknown wood species, but quite hard, about 1/2 inch by 5 by 1-1/2.

I drilled an eye in and the hole for the convenience loop, as I made the template at the same time I cut it out.

I will make some more up and when I hear someone singing the title song they are going to ge their Hippo for Christmas!

Did not make pattern, just cut the template from my mock-up.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR





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John

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#1 posted 12-12-2016 06:49 AM

That does look like a Hippo ralbuck! A scroll saw is a tool I haven’t tried yet.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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crowie

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#2 posted 12-12-2016 09:36 AM

Now you’ve done as the song say “I want a hippo for Christmas” .... love it

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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majuvla

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#3 posted 12-12-2016 09:42 AM

It will be some fine decoration. Animals are very good theme for ornaments.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Tooch

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#4 posted 12-12-2016 10:48 AM

I like Ivan’s idea of a functional tree ornament. Really cool idea

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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Paul Bucalo

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#5 posted 12-12-2016 11:25 AM

Cool. You’re making me itch to try out my refurbed scroll saw. :)

-- Paul, Upstate New York, USA

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#6 posted 12-12-2016 11:53 AM

That’s a great idea rjR! I like it!!

-- Snow's Wooden Toys & Gifts

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doubleDD

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#7 posted 12-12-2016 01:17 PM

A thirsty hippo is a friend to have. Cool opener.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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ZAGREB

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#8 posted 12-12-2016 02:13 PM

nice gift.will be a lot of happy people this days

-- bambi

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luv2learn

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#9 posted 12-12-2016 03:25 PM

Wow, a bottle opener you can hang on the tree as an ornament. Cool!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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leafherder

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#10 posted 12-12-2016 04:18 PM

...”only a hippopotamus will do…” Adorable – you have captured the kids who love hippos, the adults who love bottle openers, the nature lovers – and with a little paint or stain they can be personalized – Brilliant!

Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas!

-- Leafherder

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#11 posted 12-12-2016 05:55 PM

Great use of scraps, I like!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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GerardoArg1

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

Beatiful! Excelent an easy proyect. Try to copy!

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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PaulDoug

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#13 posted 12-12-2016 06:18 PM

Guess I don’t know the Hippo song, but it is a very cleaver idea!
Should be lots of fun.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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bushmaster

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#14 posted 12-12-2016 07:33 PM

Nice too see your creative works again. Keep up the great work. Just thinking the other day if those wheels are ready to roll.. Merry Christmas

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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ralbuck

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#15 posted 12-12-2016 08:10 PM

Well I tried my scanner and could not get it to cooperate; so hope the insert helps. Anyone is welcome to it.

Hope you have a blast with the tree ornament that leads a secret life! Actually 2 different templates.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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