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Project by gepatino posted 723 days ago 966 views 9 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

-- http://about.me/gepatino





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BigAl98

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#1 posted 722 days ago

Nice work…your english is real good.

-- Al,New Jersey -To thine own self be true

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WoodScrap

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#2 posted 722 days ago

That is really cool! The best form of flattery is copying someone else’s design, and I see a couple of these in in future. Thanks for sharing.

-- Rick -Tulsa

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Kookaburra

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#3 posted 722 days ago

He is the cutest little pup ever! The finish on the wood here makes me want to reach out and touch it – that is what I want wood to look like! I completely understand why your kids love him.

I am thinking I need a shop dog. Would you mind if I copied your design? Is his tail on a spring? I think the off-center wheels are a brilliant idea.

I have a real dog, but she sheds like crazy, not such a good trait for a shop dog.

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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MonteCristo

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#4 posted 722 days ago

A very sweet little dog toy !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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gepatino

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#5 posted 722 days ago

Thanks a lot for the comments, of course you can copy ‘Lumi’ (as Olivia calls the dog). Please, share your pics after finishing so I can tell my kind Lumi has some cousins spread over the world :D

-- http://about.me/gepatino

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VerteramoFurniture7

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#6 posted 721 days ago

Great job. How did you make the wheels with out a hole all the way through. Been strugling with and easy way of making wheels.

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gepatino

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#7 posted 721 days ago

VerteramoFurniture7:

I’ve made the wheels cutting 1” slices of a 2” diameter rod.

Then, drilled the holes for the axe about 3/4” depth. So you don’t see the hole in the outside part of the wheel.

The axe is glued to both wheels, and spins freely in the hole in the body of the dog. These holes are a bit larger than the axe, so it can spin freely.

In the third pic, you can also see a wooden washer. I needed those since I don’t have a drill press and the wholes in the wheels were not properly centered. These washers allowed me to correct a bit the holes, and give extra stability. At the same time they keep the wheels apart from the body, avoiding circular scratches.

-- http://about.me/gepatino

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camps764

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#8 posted 720 days ago

VerteramoFurniture7

You could also drill straight through a square blank and then turn the blank into a cylinder on a lathe. all of the holes would be on center since you are turning.

With that being said…I think the offset wheels fit the pup perfectly! It reminds me of a weeny dog, and they definitely don’t roll straight! A little offset on the holes will give him a funny little wiggle as he rolls along.

Very well done! It’s already been said, I will be duplicating this design for my daughter’s first b-day coming up!

-- Steve. Follow me on Instagram: http://instagram.com/campbellwoodworking or check me out on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/campbellwoodworkingne

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VerteramoFurniture7

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#9 posted 718 days ago

Does the grain running that way compremise the strength of the wheels? I know these are thicker, but what if they are 3/8” thick wheels or less. I was thinking about making some 3/8×1 1/2×1/1/2 blanks drill a whole in the center and rought cut the round size. Then put them on some sort of pen mendrel and try turning them that way. I was trying to get the face grain on the sides of the wheels. But in your pics the end grain looks fine.

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gepatino

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#10 posted 718 days ago

I think the grain was not a problem in my case since I was using a very hard wood (it’s barely scratched after months of use and abuse, even on the streets/sidewalks).

If I were to make thinner wheels, I’d probably go with some kind of laminated wood, but I’m just guessing. Sorry but don’t have much experience yet.

-- http://about.me/gepatino

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KOVA

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#11 posted 36 days ago

ESE PERRO QUEDÓ UNA TERNURA GABRIEL!!!!!
YA TE ACEPTÉ COMO AMIGO, ACÁ EN LUMBER Y HE VISTO
EN TU BLOG QUE VIVES EN SAN MARTÍN DE LOS ANDES!!!!!
ES EL LUGAR MÁS BELLO DEL PLANETA, Y ES ADONDE FUÍ DE LUNA
DE MIEL EN FEBRERO DEL 97 JA JA JA

-- KOVA, EL CARPINTERO DEL PUEBLO https://www.facebook.com/pages/El-Carpintero-Del-Pueblo/148976618479733

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gepatino

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#12 posted 36 days ago

Gracias Kova, nosotros nos mudamos en enero del 2013, asi que todavia todo es una novedad por aca. Y si… es un lugar hermoso!

-- http://about.me/gepatino

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KOVA

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#13 posted 35 days ago

TE ENVIDIO PERO SUBÍ UNAS FOTOS DE TU TALLER Ó DEL GALPÓN EN EL QUE TRABAJÁS!!!!!
DALE DALE DALE :-)
AHORA DEBE DE ESTAR TODO BLANCO POR ALLÍ JAJAJAJAJAJAJAJAJA
YO SOY DE SANTA FE Y VOS COLEGA???

-- KOVA, EL CARPINTERO DEL PUEBLO https://www.facebook.com/pages/El-Carpintero-Del-Pueblo/148976618479733

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gepatino

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#14 posted 35 days ago

Todavía no tengo un tallercito, hago lo que puedo en tiempos libres en la galería de casa, pero últimamente es principalmente trabajos para la casa. Nos mudamos hace dos meses y hay mil cosas que hacer (estantes, repisas… de todo).

Soy originario de Ituzaingo, Buenos Aires, y en enero del 2013 nos mudamos acá, Tenemos chicos chicos y nos gusto la idea que esten lejos de la ciudad, más cerca de la naturaleza.

Ya subire fotos cuando junte plata y me haga un galponcito para laburar tranquilo, y en una de esas me pongo a vender artesanías :)

Saludos!

-- http://about.me/gepatino

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