Harley Davidson rocker toy

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Project by Rob23 posted 03-09-2014 04:42 AM 1020 views 12 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Recently a good friend (and motorcycle enthusiast) had his first child, a boy. I wanted to give a gift that was a little different from the traditional diapers and one-zies. I used an old rocker toy as a pattern for the curve, and in general for the balance point, and an old tricycle sacrificed a seat and some handlebars. A fuel gauge and ‘bullet’ light (LED) were added as well. The build was fun – because it was like nothing I had ever attempted before. I used Baltic-birch for it’s strength. My children served as the ‘official testers’ and it was a success! It was painted to match my friend’s Harley.

This is my first post here, hope this is suitable (as I know it is not all wood!)

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Francois Vigneron

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#1 posted 03-09-2014 08:12 AM

A clever design and a very nice result. Welcome to LJ.

-- Francois Vigneron, Gif-sur-Yvette, France & Altadena, CA

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#2 posted 03-09-2014 10:16 AM

Really nice design and I bet it was a hit

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#3 posted 03-09-2014 11:45 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks! VERY cool toy!
Should last thru SEVERAL children!

How’d you get the fuel gauge to show near full? Usually when they’re not wired up they show empty.

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#4 posted 03-09-2014 01:01 PM

great post. That is a cool rocker.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#5 posted 03-09-2014 01:40 PM

very cool, great work

-- steve, simple and effective

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#6 posted 03-09-2014 03:42 PM

This is a great design and you did a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 03-09-2014 04:23 PM

That is really cool. Great job. Welcome to LJ’s

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#8 posted 03-10-2014 12:20 AM

Way Cool, never thought about a design like this.

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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#9 posted 03-10-2014 03:05 AM

thanks for all the kind words! And sorry about the double post!

TO get the fuel gauge to read full (and to fit in the hole I bored) I sawed it in half, opened it up and set the needle to full!

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#10 posted 03-10-2014 06:57 PM

Great job, and a unique design too

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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