|Project by ToyMakingDad||posted 12-02-2012 02:34 AM||1403 views||4 times favorited||5 comments|
Wanted to share some of the dinosaur toys that I have made based on the plans in David Wakefield’s amazing “Making Dinosaur Toys in Wood.” The plans are very easy to follow and could all be done with hand tools. Obviously, a bandsaw really makes short work of most of the cutting and personally, I found my drill press to be the key to success.
All of the toys are made from solid wood. In addition to having moving legs, all of them have other motions caused by cams on the axles. Heads move, mouths bite, tails wiggle etc.
All of the wood I used was “recycled” from other sources except for the wheels which were purchased. The wood is mostly from bed slats and wine crates (lucky for me my brother owns a beer and wine store), but also the ocasional scrap piece of 2×4 (for the triceratops body.)
I used acrylic paints and finish on them. So far they have really held up with just a minor repair here and there. Initially I painted them green but one day I asked my daughter what color she wanted the next one to be and basically, all the colors of the rainbow came into play.
Below is a short video of the motion of some of the first ones I built. Here is a link to my blog post of the general assembly and finishing methods I used.
I recommend the stegosaurus as a good one to start with. It is actually a quick build and everyone I have given one to has loved it.
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-- Toy Making Dad, Northern Virginia, http://toymakingdad.blogspot.com