Mr. LumberJock thumbtoy

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Project by Ginaarose posted 01-18-2012 10:21 PM 1696 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

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Any feedback is appreciated

Thank you,

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#1 posted 01-18-2012 10:24 PM

Oh gosh you just brought so many memories back from my childhood. I remember having one of these as a child. A plastic giraffe. You dont see them any more and truly I think if I gave one to my kids they would try to plug it into a computer.

Beautifull work!

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#2 posted 01-18-2012 10:29 PM

Great Job baby. I truly don’t know what happen to that leg. It was nice having you in the shop with me and I really enjoyed watching you trying to string that toy together.

-- Robert: Life is all about the stories ~

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#3 posted 01-18-2012 10:45 PM

As soon as I get a chance this evening I am so watching that video. I love these things and have not had one to play with in quite while. Would so like to make one myself. This one looks great I love that it is much larger then normal.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#4 posted 01-18-2012 10:57 PM

That’s awesome.

-- "Never measure......cut as many times as necessary." - PeteMoss

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#5 posted 01-18-2012 11:20 PM

That is soooo coool !!!

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#6 posted 01-18-2012 11:55 PM

Way to go! That’s real cool.

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#7 posted 01-19-2012 02:05 AM

Fun project! I don’t believe I would ever get that spring and those joints and the string to cooperate so well. You should get a great deal of satisfaction from this.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#8 posted 01-19-2012 03:51 AM

A neat looking toy ,fun project.

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#9 posted 01-19-2012 04:49 PM

That’s great! Thanks for posting!

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