|Project by Dave Rutan||posted 06-06-2012 04:36 PM||1404 views||1 time favorited||4 comments|
The whirligig which I was making for my daughter is finished today. It’s a fair representation of her parakeet aptly named Gilligan. To make this whirligig, I located a photo of a parakeet in flight and traced it in AutoCAD. I traced the wing separately. The body was then scaled to be 17 inches long, (a reference I saw on a commercially available bird whirligig.) The wings had to be scaled down to 75% to keep them from overwhelming the whole thing. I used the drawing to make a cardboard pattern which I could then trace onto 1/2 inch plywood. The wings are on 1/4 inch plywood. I cut out the pieces on my bandsaw and sanded the edges on a drum sander in my drill press. The hardware is all brass or copper. After painting I gave it a spray of satin finish clear coat. My daughter’s birthday is in a little less than two months, so it’s going into hiding until she opens this gift.
-- Ni faru ion el ligno!