|Project by maplerock||posted 07-12-2013 05:16 AM||1583 views||2 times favorited||9 comments|
As I posted along with another project, I like to make toys, and I like to give them away. I especially like to make things for my grandson. He’s only 14 months old, and since my oldest son (his dad) is in the Marines, I have only seen him three times. Two weeks ago they came for a visit and we had a great time. I knew they were coming, so I got busy. The toys I made for him went with him when they left on Tuesday.
I’m hoping he has a good time pulling the dachshund around (we have a weinerdog that got lots of love from him while he was here) and a little moose for him to play with. It is comforting to think that he might associate those toys with the big guy that kept reminding him that he was his Grandpa. My son told me that he was building a shelf in Carter’s room to display all of Grandpa’s presents.
These two projects were made from similar things I saw on line. No plans, just figure it out and see what happens. The moose is pine, and the dog is poplar.. The moose was stained with minwax and sealed with Rustoleum clearcoat. The pull toy dog was painted with Rustoleum metallic brown and a jacket of Rustoleum white and purple was added.
I drilled a 1/2” hole in the neck of the dog and drilled a small hole through a 1/2 inch pice of 1/2” dowel rod. Then I epoxied the rope into the dowel and glued the dowel into the neck. I did the same thing with the wooden pull I bought at a craft store. Drlled a 1/2” hole in it, then cut a short piece of dowel rod, drilled through the center, epoxied in the rope and glued the dowel into the ball. There’s probably a better way, but this was my solution.
The dog’s ears flop and the moose’s head swivels. Simple projects but satisfying. Hopefully my little buddy will remember Grandpa when he’s playing with them! Oh yeah… #2 is scheduled to enter the world in September! I better get busy!
-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana