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Project by RobS posted 09-02-2008 12:10 AM 2814 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hopefully the judges will go ape over these gorilla gadgets..a couple whirly toys for the outside.

First up is a new creation of mine, at least I’ve never seen one…A new style of weathervane. There is a little of the summer contest left on this one too as it is all recycled. Some leftover treated decking, some spare metal parts from the shop and some empty Wal-mart gift cards. Yes that’s right, those little plastic credit cards. As many of you are aware, Wal-mart will give you 3 cents off each gallon of gas if you use one of the gift cards to purchase it. Well, at the Wal-marts I’ve been to many folks just leave the empty gift cards on top of the pumps. I stated picking them up mainly to throw away or recycle and thought, hmm, I wonder if I could ever get enough of these to make something.

Well I only needed four for this project, to make the little wind speed indicator, painted one side of the cards white and the other hunter green and then I used the Gorilla Wood glue to attach them to a small square piece of cedar. I’m not certain about the weight of the entire piece and how that is going to work out so I’ll just test this one out and use it for a little R&D for future vanes.

Second is another wind twirler which I just tacked on as a restore project. My wife’s maternal grandfather built this some time ago and it was in dire need of TLC. See the before shot.
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I loosened the end nuts, laid it flat and sanded the entire piece. After tightening it all back up, I staggered each piece top to bottom. Then the Gorilla Wood Glue was dabbed to each step on the under side to hold it all in place.

I finished both pieces off with what I had in the shop; Watco’s teak oil.

They are already up in the yard, so now we just wait and watch for the wind…..come on Gustav..

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#1 posted 09-02-2008 12:36 AM

I like the vane… that is pretty cool.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#2 posted 09-02-2008 12:39 AM

weathervane looks like its out of a kids storybook or something. very cool.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#3 posted 09-02-2008 12:51 AM


By the size of his eye, it must be a walleye. (o;)>

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#4 posted 09-02-2008 01:00 AM

Very cool!

Thanks for the post


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#5 posted 09-02-2008 01:45 AM

fantastic!!!!!!! I want one…

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#6 posted 09-02-2008 03:15 AM

I really like you arrow.


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#7 posted 09-02-2008 01:19 PM

Hello Rob; question is, does the arrow point northeast to NH?

Great ‘wood art’ here Rob, and now we know that much of your inspiration comes from hanging around the gas pumps at Wal-Mart….LOL.

Your design in the arrow and execution of technique are wonder-full and the restoration project came out great also….all with the help of goro-glue and the Watco’s teak oil. And to think, goro might just beat back the winds of gustav….

Thank you.

-- --frank, NH,

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#8 posted 09-02-2008 04:06 PM

Thanks all!

Frank, I initially pointed it that way, NE, but it is on a swivel to actually point at the direction the wind is coming from. And I only hang around the pumps at Walmart a lot due to having two teenagers that need the “me-and-the-missus” taxi service quite frequently. LOL.

Scott, I was initially adding all the holes in the back and the orb in the front to help try and balance things out but ended up liking it better visually after it was all done.

Thanks again for all the comments.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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