Rolly Polly

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Project by Owlcroft posted 11-27-2013 09:10 PM 2121 views 12 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The name Rolly Polly is all I could think of calling it. I got the idea from a friend of my wife who had one. The one she had was a simple ramp and “Rolly Polly” car that ran down the ramp and flipped. If anyone knows the proper name please leave it in comments.

The Ramp is made of soft maple. The Rolly Polly Car is made with a piece of 1/2” Plywood sandwiched between two pieces of scrape Walnut. Gives it the affect of having a racing strip.

It took a while to get the shape of the car down and the ramp to insure the care does a flip when it rolls off the ramp. Ideal angle on the ramp turned out to be a 17 Degree slop. It is critical the end of the ramp is elevated; this allows the Rolly Polly care to hit nose 1st and flip before continuing on it’s way. The only change I will make when I build another is lengthen the ramp by making the drop off 3/4”. This will increase the speed of the Rolly Polly car.

As I build toys for Merrick (2 year old Grandson) I am trying to keep them age appropriate and I want to encourage him to put his toys away when he is done playing with them. The original one I was shown was a simple ramp and Rolly Polly car. I added the Box at the base of the ramp to give him a place to put his Rolly Polly away when he was done playing with it. Good habits start young.

The following is a link to a YouTube video showing the Rolly Polly car in action:

-- Owlcroft

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#1 posted 11-27-2013 09:19 PM

Really Cool, look like a great Christmas gift!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#2 posted 11-27-2013 10:48 PM

Super cool! I have a grandson who would love this.

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#3 posted 11-28-2013 01:17 AM

Fun and cool rolly polly

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 11-28-2013 02:32 AM

Great idea, I know someone is going to keep it in motion

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#5 posted 11-28-2013 03:22 AM

Very Nice Work Indeed! Thanks For Sharing!


-- Real MEN! Measure Once! Cut Once! Then head back to the Lumberyard. (Rick, Ontario, Canada)

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#6 posted 11-28-2013 04:02 AM

One of the coolest wooden toys I’ve seen in awhile!

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

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#7 posted 12-02-2013 12:52 AM

OH Heck Yes!! I likes it a lot. Way kool. I may borrow your idea for my new Grndson. He’ll be a year old in January. This would be an ideal toy for him.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#8 posted 12-03-2013 04:21 PM

Cute and fun toy! Little kids will love it. Like the storage box. Great job!

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