First Project - Toy Paddleboat

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Project by jimleigh1313 posted 11-12-2011 12:50 AM 1468 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first original project I made while in college. At the time the only equipment I had was a scroll saw and a hand drill in a tiny 1 car garage at an apartment complex. the project was designed with AutoCad and Sketchup (which I learned in Landscape Architecture school). I wanted to make a wooden toy that did something. I didn’t have a hole saw or a drill press, nor did I know any way to cut perfect circles, so a car was out of the question. So I decided to make a rubber band powered boat. The paddle is rotated with the rubber band wrapping one of the paddles. Upon release the boat will move forward a short distance (the length of a bathtub).

And yes…it floats. :)

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#1 posted 11-12-2011 01:01 AM

Jim, I like it. You will always cherish that and well you should. Welcome to Lumberjocks – this web site is awesome if you don’t mind my saying so.

BTW, you say it floats. That’s so much the better. Some of my toy boats went straight to the bottom and that ain’t no lie. Your boat is simple and elegant at the same time and that is always a great combination and it floats too. Good work. I imagine that some child has had joy in seeing that boat do it’s thing. That’s good too.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#2 posted 11-12-2011 01:20 AM

Thanks for the comments. It was a fun project to build and I was surprised, too, that it floated. My son will be born soon…he’ll definitely get some play out of the boat.

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#3 posted 11-17-2011 02:49 AM

an awesome project! I’ll have to add this to my list :)

You did a fantastic job on the design, it looks great!

-- Dale, Oregon

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#4 posted 11-17-2011 05:04 AM

Thanks for the compliments Dale!

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#5 posted 11-30-2011 02:27 PM

I’ll take a better photo for this project soon. I’ve recently upgraded my shop lighting.

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