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Project by TroutGuy posted 2334 days ago 2150 views 15 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This fun little guy is what convinced me that I needed a stacked dado set. I got the plans from a book on making toys. This is actually my ‘prototype’ and was made with a single blade. 13 pieces in all.

It’s unfinished poplar. I’ve made a few others (walnut, maple, HDPE) using the new dado set, which makes the job MUCH easier, but they seem to disappear before I can get a picture.

For reference, it’s roughly 5” tall x 4 1/2” wide x 7 3/4” long. I’ve got plans drawn for a double sized version…

-- There is nothing in the world more dangerous, than a woodworker who knows how to read a micrometer...

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John Ormsby

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#1 posted 2334 days ago

Nice Job!!!! Very Creative!!!

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#2 posted 2334 days ago

Nice. I don’t have the patience.

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 2334 days ago

This is a nice project but I am like rikkor in that I don’t have the patience. I generally let my 4 year old grandsons show me how to handle puzzles like this. They seem to be able to assemble and disassemble them without any problem.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 2334 days ago

Man that is a lot of small parts that have to be milled just right. Nice job!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 2334 days ago

That is great! Just amazing.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Earle Wright

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#6 posted 2334 days ago

Is that micrometer still in the drawer?? Don’t you get that thing out!!!

Nice work! You did one elephant job! I’ll bet it tusk some patience! Keep on trunkin’ !

-- Earle Wright, Lenoir City, Tennessee

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Douglas Krueger

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#7 posted 2333 days ago

I love it and here in Thiailand this toy carries even more signiifcance as the elephant is somewhat revered and it is not unusual to see them strolling down the road looking for handouts (assuming elephants can stroll).

This would be a great idea as a gift for the children of my local friends. Any help getting the pattern for this toy would be greatly appreciated.

-- I can so I wood but why are my learning curves always circles

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#8 posted 2333 days ago

great project – after studying it a bit, it looks like a bit of a challenge to assemble. Impressive!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#9 posted 2333 days ago

Very very cool, impressivly percise to say the least!

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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Paul D

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#10 posted 2332 days ago

Very nice project!

-- Paul D - Lawrenceville, Georgia

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#11 posted 2332 days ago

This is cool! I have to do one for my grandson, are they hard to make? How long to make one?
I think you should make one 6 feet long and put it on your lawn as an ad and sell them.

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill

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#12 posted 2328 days ago

6 feet long??? The pieces would be 6 3/4” sq. I’d have to use a chainsaw. Wait a minute! I HAVE a chainsaw! Hmmmmm….

-- There is nothing in the world more dangerous, than a woodworker who knows how to read a micrometer...

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#13 posted 2250 days ago

thank you very much for the link,it was really nice meeting you and if you ever need a hand with an project don’t hesitate to drop me a line. a six foot puzzlephant might be a good project.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#14 posted 2169 days ago

Can you point me in the direction of the book where you got those plans? I’ve got nephews and god-children that need to be driven to distraction as an act of retribution.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#15 posted 2169 days ago

pretty cool!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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