|Project by Ginaarose||posted 01-18-2012 10:21 PM||1729 views||3 times favorited||9 comments|
A Thumbtoy is Spring & String tension toy that is operated by pressing a cap underneath the toy, the figure topples over, only returning to the upright position when you release the cap.
I collect thumbtoys and I have wanted to make a thumbtoy for some time now but I just couldn’t figure out what I wanted to make. I though a LJ thumbtoy would be perfect since me and my husband are always on this site. While most of my store bought thumbtoys stand from 2 – 4 inches tall, This thumbtoy stands at about 12 1/2inches tall.
I turned the base and end cap out of Western Red Cedar. I turned the body out of Juniper and the feet was scrap mesquite. I turned one of the legs twice, due to the fact that my husband “lost” one while I was away for about 10 minutes. The plane was made from scrap pine. I used an old chair spring that I cut down to size.
This was a fun project and I’m thinking about making more to add to my collection. The hardest part was trying to figure out how to string the whole thing together (which actually took me about a day and a half to figure out). I painted and finished it with a wipe-on poly.
I love for my new thumbtoy and I will display it proudly in my collection.
Photo’s above: 1- Mr. LJ Thumbtoy, 2- LJ Thumbtoy with ruler, 3- LJ Thumbtoy in action, 4- LJ Thumbtoy before assembly, 5- LJ Thumboy, the making & 6- Me putting a finish on LJ Thumbtoy.
Any feedback is appreciated