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Project by BigDumbAnimal posted 07-25-2013 07:46 AM 2104 views 22 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a toy I made for my daughter last Christmas. I just talked my wife into taking some pictures for me and since I’ve been stalking the wonderful contributions you all have been posting I figured it was time to contribute something of my own.

The black walnut came from a tree that came down in my in-laws front yard. I rough cut it to length and then squared it free hand with a chainsaw before running it through the bandsaw and planer. The wheels are out of some scrap maple that I had laying around the shop and they eyes are a mystery white wood that I turned on the lathe and had my wife die black with some kind of ink. Finish is just a straight polyurethane.

I got the plans from the book “Making Heirloom Toys” by Jim Makowicki.

Comments and critiques welcome.

Semper Fi

-- Semper Fi BDA

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#1 posted 07-25-2013 08:16 AM

Now that is neat! Great toy!

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

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#2 posted 07-25-2013 12:34 PM

Very charming! Great job on a toy I actually remember from my childhood—one I’m sure your daughter will always remember and cherish.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#3 posted 07-25-2013 01:57 PM

That is a really cool toy!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#4 posted 07-25-2013 02:02 PM

omagosh! That is absolutely adorable! It brings a big smile to my face. :-D

-- "Shoot for the moon, even if you miss, you'll land among the stars." - Les Brown

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#5 posted 07-25-2013 02:31 PM

Really neat! And I love the practical way you found materials! I may add this one to my arsenal.

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

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#6 posted 07-25-2013 02:53 PM

Beatiful toy. Nice work!

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

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#7 posted 07-25-2013 04:20 PM

Oh No, OSHA is going to getcha! ... there is no disclaimer about pinched fingers … :)
What a great toy, I remember an articulated toy I had as a youngster, played with that thing for ever.
I hope that your daughter has as much fun with this Grasshopper as I did with mine.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#8 posted 07-25-2013 06:41 PM

Amaizing, I would say it looks quite alive.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 07-25-2013 11:11 PM

Great Job: Made several for Disadvantaged kids with help in the Woodworkers group I am a part of.
Kept some parts and made more
Very dedious to get it to turn and work correctly… nicely done.

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#10 posted 07-26-2013 04:16 PM

Very neat toy! I really like it!
Very nice!!
Keep up the great work!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#11 posted 07-26-2013 08:46 PM

Cute and adorable toy! Great design, finish and wood colors. Lucky daughter!

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#12 posted 07-29-2013 10:03 AM

Very clever and such a neat job, well done… the timber look.

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

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