|Project by johnhutchinson||posted 12-15-2013 04:35 PM||2904 views||1 time favorited||18 comments|
There seems to be a renewed interest in wood in motion, so I thought I’d post the camel pull toy that I published with Woodworker’s Journal for the December 2000 issue.
The opening photo was taken just before Camelia packed her bags (humps?) for the trip to WWJ, and the second photo shows the original study model.
In a nutshell, a cam between the back wheels moves a pushrod that extends up through the pyramid base. The reciprocating pushrod rocks the S-shaped head/tail assembly to which the humps are attached.
The idea came from the memory of an animated cartoon that I saw as a kid.
This seems to have been a popular project because I’ve seen a number of photos and videos of the pull toy, by others, on the Internet. My favorite is a video that was posted by Thomas Kosel on YouTube.
He absolutely nailed it and I like it better than the original.
-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"