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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!





14 comments so far

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Woodwrecker

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#1 posted 787 days ago

Great job & great smile !

-- Having fun...Eric

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johnstoneb

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#2 posted 786 days ago

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 786 days ago

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 786 days ago

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 786 days ago

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 786 days ago

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 786 days ago

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 786 days ago

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 786 days ago

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

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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gfadvm

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#10 posted 786 days ago

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 786 days ago

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 786 days ago

Very nice!

-- www.etsy.com/shop/KandJWoodCrafts

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Rick

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#13 posted 784 days ago

Very Nice Project! Thanks for Posting!

Rick

-- COMMON SENSE Is Like Deodorant. The People Who need It Most, Never Use It.

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scottdaddy

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#14 posted 668 days ago

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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