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Project by ayryq posted 05-27-2012 06:34 PM 1293 views 7 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a gift for our neighbor, who had just started walking. The legs move together as the rear wheels turn. From a plan by Jim Makowicki. The most difficult for me was actually the eyes, which are the first time I’ve made anything with a lathe. I should have just bought a ball and sawn it in half, but I already had the dowel stock.

It’s maple, with purchased pegs and beads for the legs and antennae.





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Ted

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#1 posted 05-28-2012 02:41 AM

That’s looks like fun :) As for the eyes, if you just cut a ball in half you would have missed out on all that valuable lathe practice.

-- The first cordless tool was a stick. The first power tool was a rock.

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#2 posted 05-28-2012 02:58 AM

I am building one of these for my granddaughter who will be 1 next week.

What did you use for the antenna stalks? I am going to try some no. 10 wire.

-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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#3 posted 05-28-2012 03:28 PM

TedW, I think the eyes wouldn’t have looked quite right with a ball either, so I’m glad I turned them. They stick out a little more this way.

Bill, I didn’t buy wire for this project; I used some I had around. I picked the wire out of all the choices in my junk drawr for it’s “bounciness” and thickness. It’s Radio Shack brand hookup wire, 12 AWG, Stranded, AWM. The wire I had happened to be red, so I painted the eyes to match.

By the way, I found the wheels were too smooth to turn very much until I put some graphite on all the joints. Then they turned quite well when pulled.

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#4 posted 05-28-2012 03:29 PM

This is cute and I would love to see the movement of the back legs in a video.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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