|Project by crowie||posted 03-26-2017 10:04 PM||1109 views||0 times favorited||14 comments|
Pedaling Cyclist – Trying to get myself going again….
It had been a very hot summer “downunder” along with a busy couple of months of birthdays, trips to Queensland to see my mum, as well as some disappointments & disagreements and I’ve struggled to make time and find time to relax in the shed making toys.
Then for the last 4 weeks its been raining here like we’ll need Noah’s Ark soon and my shed has been wet, wet, wet with water seeping through the sandstone rock we cut into, to create the shed under the house behind the small garage.
I have a 26” fan running 24/7 to try to create airflow and remove the damp but with some 480mm of rain in the past 4 weeks its been up hill.
Saying that, shed time has been sorely missed as I just haven’t felt like being there so have kept myself busy doing inside painting in very small lots for our daughter and son-in-law.
Today was the first sunny day in a long time so it was cleanup time.
One of my Lumberjock mates, Dan Snowden, made the “Pedaling Cyclist” toy for his market stall and was kind enough to share the quite old plan with me.
“Handy” and I have made a start on that toy, printing out some plan patterns, gluing them to some Tassie Oak board with “Glue Stick” then cutting then roughly on the bandsaw before shaping the parts on the bobbin sander.
I’ve made the parts thicker than the plans to cope with grandsons play, which has added some processing to the project.
The front wheel has proved difficult as the axle must be fixed in the wheel along with the cranks….
Superglue and brads to the rescue along with a couple of nylon washers to ensure everything turns freely…
The rear wheels were cut with a 40mm wheel cutter from some Spotted Gum; the body is Tassie Oak; the front wheel recycled fence paling….
The body parts as well as the bike parts are all oversized to cope with little boys playing with the cyclist so I’ve had to add hips to the rider…
Not one hundred percent happy with it by its already withstood the “grandson test” so what it lacks in finish it makes up in strength and play-ability.
-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie