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Project by Ted78 posted 10-23-2013 09:42 PM 1386 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Snakey Christmas present. I am curious as to what type of wood it is? It is a fairly light, tight grained, fairly hard wood from n 70’s or 80’s drop leaf kitchen table that was falling apart.

-- Ted





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#1 posted 10-24-2013 12:29 AM

That’s one unique toy,very creative.

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#2 posted 10-24-2013 12:47 AM

That’s a COOL toy… A video would be nice to see The Action…

Wood: Possibly Birch?

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#3 posted 10-24-2013 12:53 AM

Another really neat toy.

I agree with Joe, probably birch or maybe poplar.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#4 posted 10-24-2013 01:02 AM

If you can score it cross-grain easily with a thumb nail I’d guess poplar. Otherwise I have to say it looks like a lot of the maple I’ve been working with.

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#5 posted 10-24-2013 01:06 AM

Very nice. Love it.

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Joe Lyddon

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#6 posted 10-24-2013 01:17 AM

My first thought was Poplar… but then he said it was fairly Hard… so I went with Birch…

I think Birch is harder than Poplar… Could either one…

Too much color for Maple IMHO…

In ranks of longevity:
1. Maple
2. Birch
3. Poplar

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Ted78

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#7 posted 10-24-2013 02:33 AM

Not maple, I’d recognize that, and I don’t think this was that nice a table to start with. It looks a lot like poplar as in close, kinda boring grain, not that pretty, but it’s harder. Could be birch I’ve never really seen a piece of solid birch only birch ply.

I’ll see if I can get a video up.

I can’t take credit for the design exactly, I saw it in one of my father’s old Popular Mechanics books minus the snake theme years ago. I think it’s actually an old folk toy design.

-- Ted

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#8 posted 10-24-2013 11:31 AM

Nice and original toy. Similar to traditional wooden toys from past centuries.

My two cents regarding the wood species: it could be ash.
My stairs are made of solid ash, and I’ve build a night stand in ash as well, it looks similar.

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#9 posted 10-24-2013 04:13 PM

Looks like snake wood to me :)

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#10 posted 10-24-2013 04:18 PM

That’s pretty cute. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- 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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#11 posted 10-24-2013 11:59 PM

Thanks everyone. Definitely e snake wood. Mystery solved.

-- Ted

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#12 posted 11-03-2013 09:48 PM

G’Day Ted, That’s a top toy…Could I please request some dimensions, thank you…

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

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Ted78

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#13 posted 11-04-2013 09:46 AM

Crowie, no problem.
It is about 14” long and 4” wide overall Wheels are about 1 7/8” in diameter and the rectangular pieces are about 3” long and 3/4 square.

BUT as a practical manner I did not measure anything while building it. The two determining dimensions are the size of your hole saw, and the thickness of your stock.

The short answer
-To length of the blocks should be a little less than 2x the diameter of the wheels
-The holes in the blocks should be a little less than 1/3 of the way in from the ends.
-obviously the diameter of the wheels must be greater than the thickness of the stock
all the blocks are the same except for the tail and the head.
all the wheels are the same

The long and probably less useful answer
The first step I took was to rip a strip off the edge of a board to get a long piece of square stock. Setting my table saw to whatever the thickness of the stock is. (They don’t have to be square, that’s just how I did it.) I then grabbed a hole saw that seemed about right for the size of wheels I wanted. In this case the diameter was, very roughly, 3x the thickness of the stock.

Now the two critical dimensions are how long each little rectangle is and how far apart the two holes in each rectangle are. Both dimensions I take directly from the wheels. Lay two of the wheels next to each other with a little space in between them on top of the long strip that will become the little rectangles. Have the first wheel overhang the end of the strip a little bit. Mark the strip through the holes in the wheels to know where to drill your holes. Cut the first strip off so that each hole is the same distance from the ends. Cut 10 pieces and drill the holes to make 10 identical little blocks. I use bamboo barbecue skewers for the axles. I drill the holes out in the wheels for a nice tight fit and holes in the blocks for a nice loose fit.

Hope this helps, thanks for asking.

-- Ted

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crowie

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#14 posted 11-04-2013 09:59 AM

Thank you kind Sir, very much appreciated…..
Can’t wait for your video…..

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

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