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Project by johnhutchinson posted 12-24-2013 04:23 PM 1753 views 21 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my last project post for the year. Promise. :)

The rotary-head frog box started with my interest in David Wakefield’s pull toys – in this case his hopping frog. After a process of evolution and natural selection over the past ten years, I’ve pared it down to the Lily Pad Surfer.

This is the project I want to take into mass production in 2014. Who knows, it might be my ticket outa here. When you want to take a break from the football games, you can watch the video … https://vimeo.com/72965392

Merry Christmas!

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"





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HillbillyShooter

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#1 posted 12-24-2013 04:31 PM

Very cute and charming—for a frog! Seriously, it is another creative and interesting piece. I wish you well with any business venture you decide to embark upon. Merry Christmas.

P.S. I received a copy of David Wakefield’s How to Make Animated Toys yesterday—thanks again for the reference. Now, I just need to find the plans to your Dragon pull toy that started this.

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

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#2 posted 12-24-2013 04:47 PM

I would encourage you to check into legally protecting your idea before you go into mass production.

-- Kevin, Blue Springs, MO

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HillbillyShooter

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#3 posted 12-24-2013 05:01 PM

Kevin has an excellent point, you might consider copy righting anything you post to protect it from becoming part of the public realm. A quick Goggle will tell you how, but I suspect you already know, having published plans in the past. Best wishes.

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

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johnhutchinson

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#4 posted 12-24-2013 05:01 PM

Kevin—An easy way to legally protect a copyright is to put the plans in an envelope, mail it to yourself, and then keep the sealed envelope. I know someone who did that, and when things got nasty, the postmarked plans held up in court. But the reality of the situation is that once it’s out there, it’s out there. Especially with the dawn of the Internet. After publishing my “copyrighted” projects for fifteen years, I run into my stuff all the time at craft fairs.

More power to them. I’ve never said, “Now wait a minute … ” :)

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#5 posted 12-24-2013 05:04 PM

Very cool, I am sure it will sell

-- Dreaming patterns

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Diwayne

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#6 posted 12-24-2013 06:06 PM

I agree John. Run into it myself several years ago in another industry. This is a cool toy.

-- What one man can do, another man can also do.

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johnhutchinson

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#7 posted 12-24-2013 06:16 PM

It’s not a toy, Diwayne, it’s a BOX! Got it? :)

Seriously, I think this is just the beginning of any number of toys that can be morphed into boxes.

I guess that makes them toy boxes.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#8 posted 12-24-2013 06:20 PM

This is really cool and very creative. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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#9 posted 12-24-2013 06:22 PM

Cute lil guy John. I like the way you made his spots and warts! And you do realize the end of the year is still a week away? Thanks for sharing. See you soon ;-)

-- God bless, Candy

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#10 posted 12-24-2013 07:17 PM

John, Fun project. I could see them selling.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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westok

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#11 posted 12-24-2013 07:52 PM

Great project! I don’t think I’ve seen anything like it.

-- Mark K, Birmingham, AL, "The rusted bolt will not move until you utter the "magic word", unfotunately, children are usually present."

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bobasaurus

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#12 posted 12-24-2013 09:39 PM

That’s amazing and unique. I now want to build one for myself if it doesn’t violate your copyright intentions… not sure if I can figure out the tongue mechanism though. You could do well selling the plans to this. The little froggy details really make this box stand out.

-- Allen, Colorado

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johnhutchinson

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#13 posted 12-24-2013 11:26 PM

Thanks, Allen. My fist frog box “sorta kinda” worked, but it took another nine years to refine the mechanism. I make a couple every year as gifts, and each time I correct what didn’t quite work the last time.

I think I’ve got it now! :)

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#14 posted 12-25-2013 12:25 AM

Very cool project John, I like it a lot…thanks for sharing.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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Mark Shymanski

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#15 posted 12-25-2013 12:51 AM

Cool project, I hope you make a good dollar from it.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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