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Project by rooster posted 11-19-2010 01:58 PM 3411 views 5 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built a couple of rocking airplanes to give as Christmas presents to my nieces. So far they have been well received by my own little girls. The planes were made using mostly dimensional pine lumber and then painted. I took most of the design ideas from a plan at http://www.craftsmanspace.com/free-projects/rocking-airplane-kids-toy-plan.html . I modified several aspects of the plan, mainly to shrink the size of the rockers/wings. These things take up a lot of room.

I hope they like them.





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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 11-19-2010 02:04 PM

They are going to be over the moon with them.
Your one cool Uncle.

Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Blakep

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#2 posted 11-19-2010 03:48 PM

Those are very nice and will be a great gift. I may have to try to make one sometime next year. If it turns out even close to yours then it will be a job well done.

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steopa

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#3 posted 11-19-2010 05:04 PM

Those are awesome. I still have a flatbed truck my uncle made for me 37 years ago. It’s been used so much even my kids have outgrown it. Now I’m waiting for the grandkids to have fun with it.

What a great present. Your nieces don’t know how lucky they are.

-- Steopa

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#4 posted 11-19-2010 05:07 PM

Powder puff fighter pilots! Great job, these are too cute.

-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!

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Vicki

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#5 posted 11-20-2010 12:09 AM

I love them! They are so cool looking. You did a great job on them.
Vicki

PS That link you sent is fantastic! Thanks.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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ND2ELK

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#6 posted 11-20-2010 05:23 AM

Love the airplane rockers. Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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Jonathan

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#7 posted 11-20-2010 05:27 AM

Very cool indeed.

My dad’s a pilot, so I’m sure he’d love to see me make one of these, even if there is currently no one around to play on it.

I’m sure they’ll be well received by your nieces.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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GaryD

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#8 posted 11-21-2010 03:58 AM

Rooster, well done, they will love them. Way to go.

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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thelt

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#9 posted 02-24-2013 12:27 PM

I can’t tell from the pictures, how did you mount the airplane to the platform/rockers. That was the one think I didn’t like about the original is the metal rods and welding (not my bag).

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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rooster

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#10 posted 02-25-2013 11:55 AM

thelt,

I don’t recall (it’s been a little while). I think I just used blocks of wood that I either doweled or pocket screwed into both the plane and rocker slats.

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