Acrobat Robots

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Project by jbschutz posted 603 days ago 1418 views 5 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Balancing Acrobat Robots I saw these little guys on line somewhere and decided my grandson might enjoy them. Of course, being frugal, I had to try making them instead of buying them. A couple of 2 by 4 scraps, a little pattern drawing, a little band sawing and sanding and “ta-da”, we have an army of robots. I planed the 2×4s down to 1 1/8 inches and printed out patterns to be glue-sticked to each 6 inch long piece of pine. The band saw work was a bit tedious, but when it’s for your favorite grandson, it’s worth it. Each robot is about 6 inches tall and 3 inches wide. They are designed so that their hands and feet hook into the shoulders, and they can be built into different configurations. They are sold in sets of nine, but I went them one better. Not fine woodworking, but a cute toy that I hope my little buddy likes.

-- jbschutz

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#1 posted 603 days ago

It goes very well with the poinsettia.
Stunning beauty.

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#2 posted 603 days ago

Well done – I bet your grandson will be quite pleased with them.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#3 posted 603 days ago

Very nicely done. I’m sure your grandson will love them.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#4 posted 603 days ago

Should be fun for your grandson.

-- 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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#5 posted 603 days ago

Nice Job. These toys are called “Bill Ding The Balancing Clown”. I made some for my sons when they were younger. Here is a link to the history.

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#6 posted 603 days ago

Very nice project JOHN
Down to earth modern version of a old toy .
Should be lots of fun for your grandson especially since grandpa gets to play too . Have fun !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-)

-- Kiefer 松

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#7 posted 603 days ago

I’ve seen things like this before, but they are usually very small – not nice and easy to handle by a youngster.

Nice job re-engineering this toy to your own design!

-- Nat, UPstate NY,

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#8 posted 602 days ago

I’ve been working on making this very thing.
Although the pattern I am trying to make isn’t as good as this.

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#9 posted 602 days ago

Very kool puzzle, and balancing act.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#10 posted 602 days ago

love it!

-- The CNC machine can either produce the work of art you imagined, or very decorative firewood.

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#11 posted 602 days ago

Major flashback for me . I used to play with the originals , supplied by my great Aunt , waaaaaay back when : )
Thank you for the memory !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#12 posted 602 days ago

Great pieces, I have also seen them different places

-- Norman

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