|Project by gepatino||posted 08-01-2012 09:06 PM||1107 views||9 times favorited||14 comments|
This is my first wooden object: a wooden pull dog for my kids.
The boy and head is done in Lenga (Nothofagus pumilio), the wheels are made of Viraro (Ruprechtia salicifolia), and the ears and tail of Cedrillo (maybe some kind of Cedar?). I’m from Argentina and these woods are from this region, I don’t know the names in english, sorry.
I had a lot of fun planing the lenga by hand, and sanding until it was really smotth.
The wheels were a real challenge since viraro is a very hard wood. The holes for the axis fit were off-center or a bit tilted, so the wheels weren’t absolutely perpendiculay to the axis.
At first I was uncomfortable with this, but they gave the dog a very funny movement when it ‘walks’.
The finish was made with two coats of shellac, and four coats of tung oil, sanding lightly between coats.
My kids love this dog, and after several months they are still playing with it. They manage to remove the ears twice, but nothing a bit of glue couldn’t solve.