toy custom chopper

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Project by Jim Sellers posted 06-01-2013 02:02 PM 1679 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built this for my 6 yr. old grandson. I had to keep reminding myself that it is meant to be a toy and not a model, so it had to be tough and strong (since some kids can destroy a ball bearing). It passed the crash test after I accidentally knocked it off the bench and it bounced around the concrete floor like a football and was undamaged. (good thing I wasn’t driving or using power tools) It’s free rolling with nylon bushings between the frame and rear wheel so that it doesn’t scrub. I made the cylinders by tapering a dowel on the sander, drilling and inserting a dowel, and rolling it around the band saw blade to make the fins. The handle bars were going to be the most fragile part of the toy. Made them from naturally branched limbs and left them kinda thick for strength. Held together mostly with epoxy. Colored with markers and sprayed with a few clear coats. Measures 12” long and stands 6” high.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#1 posted 06-01-2013 02:36 PM

What a cool project! Nicely done.
thanks for sharing,

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! SteveW

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#2 posted 06-01-2013 03:39 PM

Great looking toy, but if he is anything like my grandson, great-grandsons, he is going to look up at you and ask
if you will make him one he can ride. No good deed goes unpunished, and those special smiles and hugs go a
long ways with us older people. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#3 posted 06-02-2013 07:10 AM

What a cool build.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#4 posted 06-02-2013 07:16 AM

You must have a lot of time in this project.
Looks great…....................

-- mike...............

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#5 posted 06-03-2013 12:43 PM

Very kool. Looks close to life size

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#6 posted 06-03-2013 02:43 PM

Nice looking mini chopper. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 06-04-2013 04:30 PM

Very cool toy! Kids will love it and will get loads of fun playing with it…and dream that someday will own the real thing. Great work!

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#8 posted 06-05-2013 12:16 PM

Jim, is this something you pulled out of your head or did you find some plans or something for inspiration?
I like this chopper alot!

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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Jim Sellers

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#9 posted 06-05-2013 12:37 PM

Appreciate all the comments. Uncle Stumpy- No plans. I just drew the design on a piece of maple, cut it out on the bandsaw and figured out the rest as I went.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#10 posted 06-09-2013 03:43 AM

G’Day Jim, What no plans and just look how excellent the scale & detail are – well done….

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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