Snazzy Turtle--He waddles and wags his tail!!!!

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Project by Murano posted 939 days ago 1843 views 5 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

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#1 posted 939 days ago

Cute idea.

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#2 posted 939 days ago

great job

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#3 posted 938 days ago

Great toy and toy! I like the inside of this project well done!

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#4 posted 938 days ago

Very Cool! I think the little neighbor kids might like one of these!!


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#5 posted 938 days ago

Love it. That kid will treasure that toy for life. You did a beautiful job on it.


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#6 posted 938 days ago

Very cool. I love the eyeballs!

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#7 posted 938 days ago

That is really cool!!! Nathan will get lots of miles out of that turtle.
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#8 posted 938 days ago

very cool!

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#9 posted 938 days ago

Did you use hardwood for the rocker bars? Are the dimensions for the inside fairly critical? I would imagine this requires a bit of precision measurements to make the feet and tail move and not bind.

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#10 posted 938 days ago

To Grace123: I used maple for the rocker bars. I used a stiff steel wire to connect the feet to the rocker bars. I thought over time a softer wood would become loose and then the rocker bars would not work correctly. The measurements and placement of the wheels, cams, and location of wire rods into the rocker bars required meticulous measurements and a little trial error. If the wire rods were not the right length the assembly did not move. This project was a lot of fun.

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