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Project by wyeth posted 1152 days ago 1938 views 11 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

All credit to Jim Makowicki and his book ‘Making Heirloom Toys’ for the plans to this project which I have just completed for my 4 year old Grandson. He credits this as his most successful design and the one that got him into publishing his book of practical and well designed wooden toys.

-- David Australia





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patron

12955 posts in 1938 days


#1 posted 1152 days ago

some grasshoppers just need pulling

and kids are built just right
for that

this one looks to be a winner

well done

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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patcollins

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#2 posted 1152 days ago

Cute, what are the antennae tubes and the hinges?

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wyeth

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#3 posted 1152 days ago

Patcollins Hi!
The antennae were to be multistrand electric cable according to the plans but I found a coil of whipper snipper nylon cord that I though filled the bill and gave a pleasing amount of bounce. The beads on the ends are solid plastic from a very cheap bracelet which just slid on the whipper snipper cord perfectly and are attached with super glue. (do you call them whipper snippers in the USA – the things you trim grass and weeds with?)
The pegs that hold the legs together are turned on a lathe from half inch dowel down to 3/16” with mushroom shaped heads.
The eyes are turned from 1” dowel and set in about 1/8”. They are first treated with sanding sealer and finely sanded then dyed dark blue and varnished.

-- David Australia

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#4 posted 1151 days ago

That one is wonderful.
Wish I had small kids here, I always loved these wood toys.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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