Caterpillar Pull Toy

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Project by CedarFreakCarl posted 12-08-2007 08:51 PM 2139 views 5 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got the design for this from the May issue of Wood Magazine. It was my first attempt at being an elf. While I’m glad I don’t have to make these all the time, it was a very rewarding project. I’m giving one to my 2 year old and am sending the other one to my step sister’s son. I bought the wheels, axles and 1” shaker pegs and balls as well as the eyes from the local hobby store. The rest is cut out of baltic birch. The finish is Minwax aerosol spray semi-gloss poly.

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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#1 posted 12-08-2007 09:07 PM

Nice work Carl. I’d like to make one for myself. Although I’d probably use a polycrylic water based to speed the cure time and have a lower odor. But that’s just a very minor difference. Good job, I know your kids will enjoy them.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#2 posted 12-08-2007 09:25 PM

excellent work ! I love em’ ... sure the kids will too

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#3 posted 12-08-2007 09:28 PM

The kids would like them..and no lead paint….

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#4 posted 12-08-2007 10:10 PM

Pretty cool! The kids are going to really enjoy these.

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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#5 posted 12-09-2007 12:34 AM

Lucky Kids!

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#6 posted 12-09-2007 12:42 PM

Great looking toy!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#7 posted 12-09-2007 03:23 PM


-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#8 posted 12-09-2007 03:25 PM

well, it’s cute!! YOu did a great job.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#9 posted 12-10-2007 01:21 AM

Thanks people! If any of you are planning on building one of these, probably the best thing to do is just order the kit from Meisel Hardware. It’s got all the parts except for the baltic birch in one kit for $19.95. If I’m not mistaken, all the holes are drilled with the exception of the smile and the eyes.
This will save you a ton of time and trouble hunting all this stuff. Also, if you buy more than one kit, they’ll give you 10% off.

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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#10 posted 12-10-2007 02:05 AM


Great job there were fun to make. but we had over 10,000 parts and around 58 drill operations per toy.

Here are the ones that we made at the Mason Dixon Toy Workshop. We made 105 of them. This is the first of two stacks like this.. They were stacked so the handles could be placed on them and then bagged. We used cypress lumber to make them.

This is the first of two stacks like this. I strung them all. and cut most of the parts.

We gave them away last week see here

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#11 posted 12-10-2007 04:13 AM

Holy Moly…..let’s see, I’ve only got 103 to go to catch up…......9,884 holes….....jeez, good luck with the carpel tunnel. An amazing great job Karson. You and your cohorts are to be commended.

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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#12 posted 12-10-2007 09:58 PM

Great job Carl. It looks like there are so many caterpillars over there that the gardens will be at risk.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#13 posted 08-07-2009 04:22 PM

Oh my gosh, those are just too cute.

-- Janice

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