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Project by Jan Hinsch posted 01-17-2011 05:56 PM 2384 views 9 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This biplane rocker is my dearest project yet. I copied the model from a picture in the internet. I did some guessing on the dimension. This was for my 1 year old son. After these pictures I varnished it and the colors of the wood came out very nice. All the materials i used I had from other projects. The red wood is red cedar and the white wood I can’t remember the name, these came from a cedar strip kayak which is still in progress and will post later.
The great thing about this rocker is that when my son is old enough I can dismount the biplane from the and he can use it as a ride on. It has two wheels on the front and one smaller rotating wheel at the back. I completed this project in one weekend, but i worked almost all weekend through.

-- Jan, Argentina





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Robsshop

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#1 posted 01-17-2011 06:53 PM

Jan,really like Your Bi-plane project and I can only imagine Your Sons happiness when he sets out on his flight plan ! If He is into planes and You are into building them, there is a project here on L J’s that You might be interested in ? I found it while perusing the toy project section and just had to build it for my 2yr. old Grandson. It is posted in My project page. Once again cool ride and versatile to boot ! Nice work.

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans repurposed wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#2 posted 01-17-2011 06:56 PM

nice

-- Ben L

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richgreer

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#3 posted 01-17-2011 08:29 PM

Great job and a great idea.

My nephew will be 2 shortly and his father is an “airplane guy”. This seems like the perfect gift for him. I will also have to do some guessing on the dimensions.

I wonder if I could figure out a way to raise and lower the airplane relative to the base so that the height is adjustable as they grow bigger.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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Jonathan

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#4 posted 01-17-2011 08:38 PM

This turned out great! I really like the idea.

Can you add a couple of finished pictures?

Rich, about changing the height:
1. You could simply cut a few sets of supports/risers that are visible under the wing and however it attaches in the back, then just unscrew the short and add the taller ones?
2. Revise the design to have some sort of extra risers built-in with a locking dowel/wedged dowel type fastener to raise it to the new height?

-- 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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Jan Hinsch

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#5 posted 01-18-2011 05:27 PM

Here are a couple of more pics I took this morning

-- Jan, Argentina

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Jonathan

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#6 posted 01-18-2011 05:31 PM

Is the finish a poly. of some sort?

Looks good!

-- 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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Jan Hinsch

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#7 posted 01-18-2011 05:53 PM

The finish is just a clear varnish I had. I have no experience in detail finishing and haven’t done any project yet that requires it. I guess I’ll have to learn all about finishes as I go along.

-- Jan, Argentina

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csperk

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#8 posted 04-24-2012 02:19 PM

Is there any way I can buy the plans for this plane. Im a photographer and would like to have this in my studio?

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