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Project by Roz posted 05-02-2010 04:52 AM 1966 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My old Antique (Junk) dealer friend called me with a request for help the other day. It seems a fried of his needed a wooden leg.

I replicated the missing appendage with half inch and 5/16 inch dowel rod. A few cuts on the band saw and he was dancing again. This toy was widely product around 1900. The man has a wire in the middle of its back with a lot of spring in it. The wire extends about 16 inches from the center back of the torso and forms a loop at the end of about one inch.

I submitted this because the old toy is interesting and might be a worthy project for some grand Parents out there with a little free time and a few wood scraps lying about.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."





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ike1

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#1 posted 05-02-2010 05:13 AM

I have seen these type of toys before. They are fun to mess around with. When do you think theywere produced ?

-- bob

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Roz

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#2 posted 05-02-2010 05:27 AM

ike1, The friend who brought it to me is 81 years old and he says “millions were produced around 1900”.
I think this toy has interest to toy and Black memoribilia collectors. Much of the face is worn off but it had eyes, nose and mouth painted on.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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OutPutter

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#3 posted 05-02-2010 02:22 PM

Cool. You know, I once knew a man with a wooden leg named Smith…

-- Jim

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#4 posted 05-02-2010 03:55 PM

Nice fix!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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yarydoc

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#5 posted 05-04-2010 08:02 PM

Nice work Terry but I was looking for a real wooden leg with a little old man with one leg standing by the workbench. :-)

-- Ray , Florence Alabama

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Roz

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#6 posted 05-05-2010 05:15 AM

The old guy hobbles around but he has both legs. The little wooden fellow needed the leg.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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OttoH

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#7 posted 05-22-2010 02:20 AM

Okay OutPutter from one Katy-ite to another, what was the name of his other leg?

Love the fix, I have the pattern for these that I got out of a 1980’s Better Homes and gardens Wood Magazine, they make great toys.

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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OutPutter

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#8 posted 05-22-2010 05:07 AM

I was beginning to think I was the only one old enough to remember Mary Poppins.

-- Jim

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