Ramp walking toys

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Project by oakwood posted 03-14-2013 05:53 PM 9859 views 41 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Over the years these have been very popular sales items at our community center sales. Especially at Christmas. Simple to make and people seem to like them as there is usually a give away smile. Here is a link to a You Tube video I just came across recently. The young lad does a great job of explaining the working functions. This should be of great help to those of you who may be interested . I line my ramps with anti skid shelf fabric. It offers the friction that is sometimes required depending on how well you choose your balance point etc. and how well you constructed the toy.

Walking duck

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#1 posted 03-14-2013 06:30 PM

I really like these and want to build some. I saw some in a shop up in the mountains. You did a nice job on these.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#2 posted 03-14-2013 06:49 PM

Oakwood – These look great! Really like the look of the eyes and bills on the three in the first picture. I built one through trial and error but by the time I had it balanced correctly, it was in pretty bad shape with assorted holes cut one place and washers added others. Tried to order a set of plans from England (called “Wooden Mechanical Walking Figures”) but they don’t ship to US or Canada (?!) I understand the concept but would love to get my hands on already working plans to start working from there. Are the plans you used available some place for sale or download?

-- Toy Making Dad, Northern Virginia,

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#3 posted 03-14-2013 07:08 PM

IĀ“like the wood toy. This put to favorite yet and try to do in some time. Great work, nice paint and take me a smile. Congratulations!

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#4 posted 03-14-2013 09:50 PM

Soo cool! Just what I needed for my next toy project, thanks for posting.

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#5 posted 03-14-2013 11:21 PM

that’s jus kool

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#6 posted 03-15-2013 01:48 AM

cool, i’ve never seen anything like that before.

-- Joel

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#7 posted 03-15-2013 03:12 AM

That’s really cool. Can you also direct me to the plans to buy or download?

-- Woodify ~~

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#8 posted 03-15-2013 04:28 AM

very cleaver thanks for sharing

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#9 posted 03-15-2013 09:33 AM

Nice work… Looks fun…

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

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#10 posted 03-15-2013 10:30 AM

The pictures alone made my day : ) So cute !! Thanks for sharing : )

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#11 posted 03-15-2013 11:50 AM

Very cool! Thank you for sharing. When I watched the video, I caught myself smiling as the duck waddled down the ramp. You just can’t help yourself. LOL

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#12 posted 03-15-2013 09:56 PM

G’Day Oakwood, I wish I had the patience to make such beaut animated toys….made a couple of pull along elephants a couple of years back but took forever to get it right; so well done indeed on your little herd of animals.
Cheers from on Top DownUnder, crowie

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#13 posted 03-16-2013 12:48 AM

very neat thanks 4 posting the video

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#14 posted 03-16-2013 02:40 PM

Are plans available? You did a great job on yours.

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#15 posted 03-18-2013 03:31 PM

Cute and adorable moving toys! Give loads of fun just by looking at them going down the ramp. Great job!

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