Carved Whale Toy

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Project by Mauricio posted 07-14-2013 01:48 AM 1705 views 2 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We bought my son the movie “Free Willie 3” and now he is really into whales.

I had planed on working on my bunk bed project this morning but my son said “Dad I want to make a whale with you out of wood”. Mind you he didnt say for me to buy him a whale, he wanted to make one,,,, priceless. That’s what I call a paradigm shift. I’m dropping everything for that.

So we drew it out on a scrap piece of pine, and cut it out with a coping saw and then the band saw.

He helped me do some of the shaping with a file, he really enjoys this part.

The fins are plywood

I even choped little 1/8” mortises for the fins, that was fun.

I just cut a simple recess to glue in the back fin.

So that’s it. A pretty simple instant gratification project to get some shop time with my oldest son. It only took a couple of hours to complete.

Hope it serves as inspiration for getting other kid out into the shop, even if you are still doing most of the work :-)

Thanks for looking.


-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#1 posted 07-14-2013 01:51 AM

Cute kid. Nice toy.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#2 posted 07-14-2013 01:56 AM

That is so very cool Mauricio. It does not get better than that.

-- ~Tony

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#3 posted 07-14-2013 02:05 AM

Nice project and good story. I love spending time with my three sons, but it is hard to find a common interest and get them involved in something other than video games and TV so I understand why you quickly jumped on this opportunity. Your whale caught my eye, because I helped two of my sons make sharks for the pinewood derby this year and two girl scouts with a shark and dolphin. I cut them out and carved them a little, but they got to do some of the sanding and all of the painting.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#4 posted 07-14-2013 02:12 AM

Thanks fellas!

Yeah Dale, its not easy getting them into the shop, they are really not into it that much but I’m hoping that it grows on them.

I’m looking forward to future pinewood derbies, I hear there is a whole science to them now.
Boxwood derbies would be awesome to. Those weren’t big in New Orleans where I grew up, no hills!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#5 posted 07-14-2013 02:19 AM

GREAT job! I like it a lot. It was grat to see the boy with it… before that I thought it was a big piece of folk art. Then I saw it is a little piece of folk art. Very nice!

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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#6 posted 07-14-2013 02:30 AM

Nice! Love it when the kids take an interest in the hobbies!

-- Chris S., North Atlanta, GA - woodworker,DBA, cook, photographer

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#7 posted 07-14-2013 02:46 AM

Thanks Jerry, it is pretty cool. I really like that pic to. And its nice that shop time is endorsed by the wife when I’m with one of the boys. Otherwise all of my work is at night while they are asleep.

Thanks Chris, I cant say that the bug has bitten him yet, but I’m working on it. :-)

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#8 posted 07-14-2013 02:47 AM

Nice job Mauricio !
Another woodworker in the family !
And from the concentration on his face using that rasp, a very dedicated one !

-- Eric, central Florida

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#10 posted 07-14-2013 03:56 AM

Sweet project. Any plans to paint or decorate Willie? Could be like phase II of the project.

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#11 posted 07-14-2013 04:24 AM

Thanks for stopping by Erick and for the wonderful comment.

Kova, jajaja, si creo que justo y necesario. Gracias!

Thanks Shane, I was planning on painting it black tomorrow, I think I have some black spray paint somewhere.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#12 posted 07-14-2013 04:26 AM

Nice Maur! That’s absolutely wonderful.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#13 posted 07-14-2013 04:34 AM

Nice sense of movement you got to the shape there Mauricio. I remember making dolls house furniture when my daughter was younger and beds for the copious amounts of cuddly toys she had (actually she still has them). She has one toy that she has had since she was born which is a little cuddly hippo. That hippo had so many adventures when she was growing up. I’ve retireved it off the roof, out of trees, out of puddles, from down the back of seats, etc. It has been through the washing machine more times than I’ve had hot dinners and stitched back up many times. The colours are all faded and it looks like sh!t, but instead of throwing it away when she was older, I had to make a display case for him. She still has him. Memories – you can’t buy those.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#14 posted 07-14-2013 05:13 AM

Handsome little mini-Mauricio;-) Gotta stop and take time for the chillins brother. Little earlier this week my daughter and I made a “jewelry box.” Nothin special. But she loves it.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#15 posted 07-14-2013 08:24 AM

Great model M, he will cherish the whale and gain the hand to eye coordination for life, I can remember every saw cut and stroke of the file from my first metalwork and woodwork lesson to this day.

The US has already lost 57 thousand independant makers of things since the wholesale theft has begun, he is a new one in the making, we can re-skill and re-build this world by ourselves and we must.

I would have loved to have seen his little smile on the day, and every time he picks up the whale.

On a slightly A political angle but still on topic.

The FED can sit on 1.8 trillion and get paid not to loan the illusion to the makers of things, but we do not really need their funny money when there is still real tallent and intuition left in the world. Tom Paxton once said, buy your son a gun, but he forgot to tell us to buy them some hand tools as well.


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