Wood Chopper Whirligig

  • Advertise with us
Project by woodify posted 02-11-2013 02:20 AM 3280 views 12 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been picking away at this for a few months. Felt good to put the last sealer coat on today. I wasn’t sure if I needed to balance the blades or the pivot point or not so I took him outside for a test chop. He start chopping with a gust of wind so I left him as is.

-- Woodify ~~

8 comments so far

View Monte Pittman's profile

Monte Pittman

17908 posts in 1375 days

#1 posted 02-11-2013 04:04 AM

Good job

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

View nitewalker41's profile


408 posts in 1729 days

#2 posted 02-11-2013 04:04 PM

Really nice, where did you come up with the layout?

-- "older I get, the more fun I have"

View JoeinGa's profile


5433 posts in 1043 days

#3 posted 02-11-2013 04:30 PM

Geeze, you guys that make these toys and whirlygigs just blow me away. Great job!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

View Ken90712's profile


15838 posts in 2225 days

#4 posted 02-11-2013 05:52 PM

These are so cool, I really need to make one of these for my back yard…. It just screams a woodworker lives here. Do you have plans for this? I would be very interested in any info you could provide. Thx Great job….

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

View woodify's profile


96 posts in 1108 days

#5 posted 02-12-2013 04:07 AM

I got the plans from this book. Making Animated Whirligigs (Dover Woodworking)

I did modified the plans a little. I ended up using a branch for the chopping block as I forgot to cut out the chopping block. The sail is also smaller as I couldn’t resaw a piece of 6×8in pine on my tablesaw. My sail is 4×6 in. The sail has no problem directing the blades into the wind.

I couldn’t bend a 1/4 bolt over a rock in my backyard so I used a brass rod as suggested in another whirligig book found here: The Art And Craft of Whirligig Construction

However I just hammered the brass over the edge of a sledge hammer instead of soldering.
If I had an anvil I could have bend the 1/4in carriage bolt no problem.

-- Woodify ~~

View Fishinbo's profile


11362 posts in 1212 days

#6 posted 02-12-2013 04:37 PM

Looks perfect to me and very fun to have that. Well executed and love the colors.

View hoss12992's profile


3266 posts in 929 days

#7 posted 04-02-2013 12:48 PM

Great job, love this

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

View Duojoe's profile


21 posts in 918 days

#8 posted 04-02-2013 01:01 PM

This is really nice. Congratualtions.

Making a whirligig like these is definitely on my list – even got a book on whirligigs for Christmas.

Only trouble is: so many ideas, so little time.

But. we’ll get to it some time

greetings from Germany


Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics