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Project by dgom posted 10-10-2012 07:37 PM 1082 views 5 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this toy as a gift for my youngest daughters 1st birthday.

At the nursery school we visited occasionally they had one of these, and my daughter liked to play with it very much. Since I had my paternity leave at that time I decided to make a similar one by myself to have something to do when my daughter took her daily noon nap.

The zebra has shaped holes in the sides where things can be pushed in. Then there is a rear hatch (red) which can be lifted up to take the things out again. The inside surface is slanted so that if e.g. round objects are pushed in, they roll towards the hatch.

I turned a recess in the wheels to be able to fit some thin rubber with glue so that the zebra does not ruin our wooden floors.

The wood species is pine. The seat, handles and wheels are treated with linseed oil. Other parts are painted with whatever paint I had at hand.

After one year of use the toy is still very popular!

Plans:
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Surfside

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#1 posted 10-10-2012 08:28 PM

Wow! It’s looks really fun! That’s gonna be a nice ride!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#2 posted 10-10-2012 10:17 PM

Nice dgom. Any chance you can add a photo of the rear hatch. My 1 year old granddaughter may get one of these for Christmas.

-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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dgom

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#3 posted 10-11-2012 06:28 AM

Thanks for your kind comments!
I’ve added three more pictures to show the rear hatch arrangement.

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#4 posted 10-11-2012 06:36 AM

Great toy

Has all the elements needed for a toddler

The finish just gives it that special edge.

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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#5 posted 10-11-2012 02:25 PM

Well done, great idea! Thanks for posting and welcome to LJ’s.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#6 posted 10-11-2012 02:38 PM

This is a wonderful riding zebra with so many special features. I am not surprized its popularity has lasted.

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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Randy Sharp

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#7 posted 10-11-2012 03:48 PM

A real Lumberjock would make plans available for all his new woodworking friends. HINT, HINT!! :-)

I was planning on a rocking horse for Christmas, but this is a front-running challenge to that idea.

Great job, dgom!!

-- Randy, Tupelo, MS ~ A man who honors his wife will have children who honor their father.

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#8 posted 10-11-2012 05:07 PM

That’s adorable, thanks for sharing!

-- ~Julie~ followyourheartwoodworking.blogspot.ca

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Pimzedd

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#9 posted 10-11-2012 06:42 PM

Thanks for the additional photos. I may see if I can turn it into a rocking horse.

-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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#10 posted 10-12-2012 05:21 PM

Very cute and I bet will be used for all kinds of play

-- Norman

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