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Project by Mainiac Matt posted 07-04-2012 03:27 PM 3544 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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O.K. so this is hardly a project worthy of the wall…. but just look at that smile!

A couple bucks worth of scrap lumber…. an hour in the shop with my little girl… an easy project that had a lot of learning snuck in there…. What’s not to like?

With the Olympics coming up fast…. and the new American Girl doll movie about a girl who is a gymnist, and a leatard from the craft fair… this project just had to happen.

We assumed the a gymnast was 5’ tall and worked out a scale factor for a typical 18” doll…. Then we researched the official sizes for the ballance beam and sketched up our plan. And my little math girl did ALL the calculations her self… Toss in a little simple geometry for finding the center of a rectangle, etc..

Next up is the parallel bars :^)

PS…. you can see a little of my timber framing handywork in the back ground…. but after 16 years, that project still isn’t 100% done (as my wife is ever faithful to remind me) so I can’t count that as a COMPLETED project)

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!





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Eric in central Florida

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#1 posted 07-04-2012 04:08 PM

Great job & great smile !

-- All glory comes from daring to begin.

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johnstoneb

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#2 posted 07-04-2012 05:32 PM

I think that project is well deserving of the wall. The time spent with your daughter can’t be duplicated. That’s where the smile really comes from.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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Dusty56

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#3 posted 07-04-2012 06:25 PM

Nice work to the both of you : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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Craig Havran

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#4 posted 07-04-2012 09:35 PM

From what I’ve seen, the savings in lumber have more than been made up for by the doll :-)

-- "There's plenty of time to read the instruction manual when you're laying in the hospital bed". - Dad

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Jamie Speirs

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#5 posted 07-04-2012 09:50 PM

I see TWO big smiles.

Life don’t get better

Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Mainiac Matt

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#6 posted 07-04-2012 11:13 PM

savings in lumber have more than been made up for by the doll

trust me… that was Grampi’s doing… though I’m glad to see how much she plays with it.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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T. D. Reid

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#7 posted 07-04-2012 11:35 PM

Its a great build when you get a smile that big and save that much money doing it. Cheers

-- Head to the shop its calling you – Todd

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Mainiac Matt

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#8 posted 07-04-2012 11:50 PM

they sell the Gymnastics set at the AG store for $80

:^O

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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Monte Pittman

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#9 posted 07-05-2012 12:47 AM

That smile says this project had to be posted. That makes it an awesome job!

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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gfadvm

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#10 posted 07-05-2012 12:59 AM

Matching smiles. Even the doll looks happy. Good job to the both of you.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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spunwood

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#11 posted 07-05-2012 12:52 PM

Great job and great smiles! Really neat idea too.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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lumberjoe

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#12 posted 07-05-2012 01:37 PM

Very nice!

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Rick

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#13 posted 07-07-2012 06:46 AM

Very Nice Project! Thanks for Posting!

Rick

-- How long is a Minute? That depends on which side of the Bathroom Door You're On!

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scottdaddy

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#14 posted 10-30-2012 10:53 PM

Wonderful smiles!

-- It's when they don't show their prices that you know they may be trying to rip you off.

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