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Donna Menke

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1207 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: pull toy grasshopper articulated plans question

My daughter and I want to make some cute pull toys for young children we know. We have it in mind to make grasshoppers, but we could alter plans for other animals. Does anyone have a suggestions for the best book to get to get the plans for something like this? I’d like something that looks like it is hopping- and maybe makes a sound too. Thanks.

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Jim Finn

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#1 posted 1207 days ago

I have made a bunny to hop by just moving the axel to a bit off center.

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Pop

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#2 posted 1205 days ago

Hi Donna, It took me a few minutes to find among my 100 or so toy books.
Try: “MAKING HEIRLOOM TOYS” By Jim Makowicki, Copyright 1996 by Taunton Press, Inc. Page 19

This Is A very good grasshopper.

Pop

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Donna Menke

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#3 posted 1205 days ago

Excellent, Pop, thank you very much. I have heard that this is a very good book, so I will get it right away. In looking through my woodworking books I found a dragonfly pull toy that I will just have to make. It is not the easiest, but it looks beautiful and the wings flap. It was in one of the Fine Woodworking compilation books. They are full of wonderful projects and information.

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rance

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#4 posted 1205 days ago

> I have made a bunny to hop by just moving the axel to a bit off center.

I’ve found that poking it with a long stick works pretty good too. :)

Seriously, an alternative fun toy for kids is the walking ones that travel down a ramp. See:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41YCtb8yYl4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BiIjEwIbBg
or Google for “walking toy”.

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Donna Menke

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#5 posted 1205 days ago

You are bad, Rance, but your suggestion is a good one. Anybody have the instructions/plan for making those cute guys? We may get to make more toys.

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!" www.woodworks-by-donna.com

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rance

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#6 posted 1205 days ago

Yes, I make it a point to be bad. :) I also make it a point to politically INcorrect.

I googled and found plans for a rhino:
http://blog.dugnorth.com/2010/09/plans-to-make-ramp-walking-wooden-rhino.html
I don’t like the hinge though. I looked into building some of these a while back. There are many variations(read: Animals). All about the same.

http://www.woodentoys-shop.com/toys.php3?toy=Original%20Toy%20Ramp%20Walking%20Animals

The video at the bottom of this page gives away the key(IMO) of how these work. Perfectly balancing on the rear leg:
http://toywizard.org/blog/page/18/?s=
Same video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huOoqu6O-Yo&NR=1
Note how the aligator is front heavy and has a hard time walking:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNg6HDVPBIE&feature=related

more googling, and wouldn’t ya know:
http://lumberjocks.com/topics/19701

It is literally laid out for you. You might just jump to post #17.

And one more google result that you might find helpful:
http://www.zfm.ethz.ch/~leine/toys.htm

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And another distraction, uh, I mean toy:
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/44273

(interesting note in the referenced UTube video, the author is the same guy)

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bubinga

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#7 posted 1205 days ago

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Donna Menke

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#8 posted 1204 days ago

What great references- I knew you Lumberjocks would be able to help me out. Rance- thanks to you I think I can proceed from those references. Bubinga- yeah- I ordered that book yesterday. Many people have recommended it, and that grasshopper is the cutest. Thanks, guys.

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!" www.woodworks-by-donna.com

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rance

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#9 posted 1204 days ago

Donna/Bubinga, I tried to find an index to that book to see if it had actual plans for the ramp toy but was unsuccessful. If either of you find out, please let me know. Thanks in advance.

Grasshopper? Or are you talking about the Caterpillar? Yes, that one is cute.

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Donna Menke

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#10 posted 1204 days ago

That book has the grasshopper/cricket in it- a very cute articulated pull toy with legs that move. The inclined ramp toys are not in that book, but the plans you sent in that link look good enough for a true LumberJock (or Jockette)- gotta keep politically correct.

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!" www.woodworks-by-donna.com

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rance

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#11 posted 1204 days ago

Politically correct? Bah Humbug. :) But you women can certainly do as good of woodworking as us guys.

Note the slight variation with this one:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eoin6f7R4_Y&feature=related

And here’s plans for a Robot, pretty cool too:
http://blog.dugnorth.com/search/label/ramp%20walker

And a dinosaur:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANFBQAOUm7U&feature=related

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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Donna Menke

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#12 posted 1204 days ago

Just ‘as good’ as the guys!!!!!?
Hmmm—and just WHO makes the best band saw boxes????
Just kidding- peoples is peoples- male or female doesn’t matter too much, especially when it comes to the smaller things. When I taught Woodworking Basics for Women I told my ladies that it was very similar to sewing- find a pattern, get the material, cut it out, put it together.
Biggest helps for woodworkers are patience and a critical eye.

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!" www.woodworks-by-donna.com

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Gene Howe

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#13 posted 1204 days ago

May not be in print, Donna but, “HOW TO MAKE ANIMATED TOYS” by David wakefield, Sterling Pub. is a great resource.

I just found one for $2.30 on amazon.com. Here’s the linky

If woodworking and sewing are so much alike, why can’t I get the wife to sand for me….and why can’t I quilt?

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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Donna Menke

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#14 posted 1204 days ago

Thanks for the recommendation, Gene, because of you I just bought it too. Shame that shipping costs more than the book.
My book is also now out of print- but I have the market cornered so all is not lost. I even sent a box off today with 10 books to a woodworking supply store in IL. They couldn’t find it anywhere.
I have a bunch of other woodworking books that I will never look at again. (Caricature Carving, Router use, etc) I should sell them. Maybe Amazon? I already sell my book there, but I have to mark it up a lot to cover their charges. It is still cheaper than anyone else’s price.
Something to think about. I’ll need to make space on my bookshelves for the 2 new toy making books. I could put them here on Lumberjocks, right? That would incur no extra charges- always a good thing.

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!" www.woodworks-by-donna.com

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Donna Menke

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#15 posted 1204 days ago

Oh- and just because one CAN do something doesn’t mean one WANTS to do something. I’m sure your wife could sand just as well as you could quilt- it would just take a bit of practice for both of you.

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!" www.woodworks-by-donna.com

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