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Last December there was an article in our local paper commenting on toxic Chinese Toys & featured a clever Welsh Toymaker pictured with his motorcycle rocker. I thought that was a neat idea & as the photo was a side view of the rocker , I was able to convert it to working plans. The cycle was definitely a european profile so I modified it somewhat to give it a North American “look”. As the rocker will end up at a day care for inner city kids, it will likely be subject to some pretty enthusiastic rocking so I flattened the rockers somewhat to reduce the possibility of an accident. I do not put a finish on my toys because I never meet the parents of the children that receive them & with the Chinese scare would not like a child being denied use of the toy due to toxicity concerns. Thanks for looking.

Lee

-- Lee





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cobbler

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#1 posted 2173 days ago

Great job Lee. How you converted it to working plans,by a
picture is beyond me.
Thanks for posting.

-- ''Carry on my wayward son''

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lew

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#2 posted 2173 days ago

Lee,

Really cool project!

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Roper

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#3 posted 2173 days ago

that is awesome. great job. that is one lucky grandkid.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust- www.roperwoodturning.com

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LeeinEdmonton

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#4 posted 2173 days ago

Cobbler:

The way I converted the photo on this project was to assign 24” as being the wheelbase of the cycle. Then I assigned 2MM = 1” which means on my plan 48mm = the wheelbase. Applied to the wheels measuring them on the photo 20MM = 10” dia. wheels. Taking the same approach to the fenders, height of the seat, height of the front forks, etc. everything comes out proportionately correct & the components of the cycle on your plans are in inches. One does have to be careful when working with photo conversion because there is often distortion present in the photo so you have to be alert & rely on your sense of proportion. With a toy if your close….that’s good enough because the child is not likely to be overly critical as long as the darn thing works.

Lee

-- Lee

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Callum Kendall

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#5 posted 2173 days ago

Wow, that is so cool!

Thanks for the post

Callum

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Dominic Vanacora

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#6 posted 2173 days ago

An other great completed project. Great creativity, Great craftmenship.
Thanks for sharing your secrets.

-- Dominic, Trinity, Florida...Lets be safe out there.

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jtreynoldsJTR100

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#7 posted 2173 days ago

Wow!

Fantastic work, and how great that you’re donating it for inner city kids to enjoy.

Thanks for the info on converting photos to plans.

-- Jake http:/www.adirondackchairscentral.com

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jeanmarc

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#8 posted 2173 days ago

great job

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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TedM

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#9 posted 2173 days ago

I want one… for me! Great job!

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brianinpa

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#10 posted 2173 days ago

Lee, that is a nice looking rocker. I like the details and the description of how you converted from a photo to a plan.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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MsDebbieP

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#11 posted 2173 days ago

fantastic
and the work to create your own plans.. wow.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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PaBull

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#12 posted 2173 days ago

This is the solution for the gas crisis. Give all those guys a rocker!

Did I read that you are giving this away to a daycare, how nice!!

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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Kevin Violette

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#13 posted 2173 days ago

Great job Lee! I saw a rocker like this a few years ago and the attention to detail you have is excellent.

-- Kevin -- (http://www.furniturebykevin.com)

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savannah505

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#14 posted 2172 days ago

Very nice, and a blessing to the kids to boot!!!! Way to go!!

-- Dan Wiggins

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YorkshireStewart

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#15 posted 2172 days ago

Countless miles of pleasure ahead!

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business. http://www.folksy.com/shops/TreeGems

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