Grasshopper in a hurry

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Project by AJ1104 posted 12-27-2016 03:03 PM 654 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Happy Holidays to all! When I first saw the Grasshopper pull toy on the Marc’s Wood Whisperer site I knew I had to build it for my Grandson and a few others. I think the antennas and the eyes did it for me. The only problem I had was time. It was only a few days before Christmas. Thank goodness for speedy shipping!

I built the body from maple and the legs qs oak. My wife remembered we had a tube of Minwax Color Express in Emerald Green left over from another project. Since it was a stain, it still left the body looking like wood. It needed to be sanded because the product was water-based and it raised the grain a bit. The second coat laid flat. I used wax and lightly sanded all of the moving parts and finished with a few coats of wipe-on poly. The wheels and axle pegs were delivered in just in time.

It was a really fun build and the watching my grandson pull it around the house was priceless.

Thanks for looking and thank you Marc, and all LJ’s for posting such inspirational projects!
I wish eveyone a Happy and healthy New Year. AJ

-- AJ, Long Island. New York

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#1 posted 12-27-2016 06:54 PM

Great simple project!!! but once you start to make more, things can get complicated in a hurry.

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

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#2 posted 12-27-2016 11:35 PM

That’s a great looking set of grasshoppers! I’ll be the kids have hours of fun with them!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#3 posted 12-28-2016 12:32 PM

Thanks guys! It was one of those projects that give you instant gratification.

-- AJ, Long Island. New York

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