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Triceratops--Grandson tested and approved

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Project by grace123 posted 01-31-2012 07:30 AM 2108 views 7 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a triceratops. It is a really fun toy—the legs move as it rolls along on the wheels. The jaw open and shut and the large “collar” over the neck also moves up and down as the wheels turn. I made this toy using the plans produced by David Wakefield as detailed in his book, “Making Dinosaur Toys in Wood”.

The triceratops is made of redwood and Douglas fir. The body and legs are made from a redwood 6×2. The collar was made from a Douglas fir block.

To appreciate the movement of this toy, please take a look at the video I created with the assistance of two experts, my grandsons.

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I have made toys for children previously and I have been a bit discouraged because it seems kids like plastic better than wood. With this triceratops I think I have a winner. My grandsons enjoy playing with him, making him “growl”, rolling him on the floor. I enjoyed seeing them play with this toy. What more can you ask?





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 01-31-2012 07:43 AM

This is fantastic ,what a wonderful design. super idea and build.

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dustbunny

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#2 posted 01-31-2012 11:57 AM

Just ordered the book from Amazon,
You did a nice job on this one !
Thanks for the post,

Lisa

-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~ http://quiltedwood.com

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murch

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#3 posted 01-31-2012 04:36 PM

Very sturdy looking toy. Great job.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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teeparties

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#4 posted 01-31-2012 04:50 PM

I just stumbled on this website and found your triceratops. I am sure my sons would love something like this and plan to find the book so that I can make one too. You did an excellent job.

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Ken90712

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#5 posted 01-31-2012 05:33 PM

Well done, looks soild as a rock! I can see why he likes it.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Heidi Neely

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#6 posted 01-31-2012 10:53 PM

This is so cool! Seen alot of wooden toys on here, but this has to be the 1st dinosaur I’ve ever come across! :)

-- Heidi :) “The only source of knowledge is experience”

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nitewalker41

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#7 posted 02-01-2012 04:04 AM

way Kewl for sure, lucky Grandson, did yourself proud

-- "older I get, the more fun I have"

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#8 posted 02-01-2012 05:41 AM

outstanding!
has it survived the inevitable “drop on a hard surface” test? My kid would probably push it down the stairs

-- Eric - Baltimore MD

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grace123

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#9 posted 02-01-2012 06:27 AM

Re: eruby: Thanks so much for your kind comments. The triceratops has truly survived a couple of serious drops. The horns are still intact. The feet and wheels still turn like they are supposed to. To my mind this is a what a toy should be—cheap and fun and durable.

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#10 posted 06-06-2014 08:53 PM

Cool toy! Accidentally stumbled on this post from before I joined, but really appreciate the work you put into this great project.

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