|Project by Murano||posted 674 days ago||1695 views||4 times favorited||10 comments|
I made this turtle from plans created by Mike Jagielo.
The shell of the turtle started out as three pieces of 3/4 inch pine laminated into a single block. Then I sanded and sanded and sanded (you get the idea) to make the shell shape. The inner portion of the shell was hollowed using a pattern bit on my plunge router. This was needed to make room for the wheels. The body of the turtle began as three rings of 1/2 inch plywood stacked and glued together. I wanted to make the body more visually appealing, so I used my bandsaw and piece of oak to create home-made veneer. I covered the exterior of the body with this veneer and I think it looks pretty good. The head began as a walnut board 3/4 inche thick. I laminated the boards into a single block. Then I cut the head with the bandsaw into the rough shape and then formed the shape of the head using a rasp and lots and lots and lots of sanding. The eyes are two maple balls purchased from a craft store. The centers of the eyes are walnut plugs that I made with a plug cutter. The feet were fun to make. They began as 1/2 inch walnut. Then I used a Forstner bit to make the holes and filled each hole with a plug of aspen to make the toes. The tail is a little piece of walnut. You can see the picture for details of the cams, rocker bars, and maple wheels and rods that were used to give the turtle motion of his legs and tail. The head of the turtle swings from side to side.
A picture is better than a 1000 words. Here is the video showing how this turtle likes to crawl, with a bit of help from my buddy, Nathan.