American Nutcrackers (like little people)

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Project by poospleasures posted 04-25-2014 12:39 AM 1554 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As with most of you I am always looking for a new project to make. Thought this might give you some ideas. It requires glue ups, wood turning, design, angle cutting, painting and being a little crazy. Now the story. For years my wife has collected German Wooden Nutcrackers. Darn things are expensive so I got the idea to make her one. I suppose it was a success as she loves it and our daughters and some friends had to have one. Therefore I have made several of them. I would guess you have see them in stores at Christmas time and most are themed after one character or another. Since my wife loves cooking shows and is quite a baker. I made her a baker nutcracker. The daughters and friends got one made for according to how their kitchens were decorated or themed. Most of these are 24 to 36 inches tall with moving nutcracker mouths which are operated by a lever in the back. We tried to paint and outfit them to go with their theme. #1 The Baker, notice bakers hat, rolling pin, spoon, apron and towel. #2 The Chile Pepper guy for the daughter with a Mexican theme, chilies in one hand, airport Tequila bottle in the other, sombrero, rope belt, blanket on shoulder and sandals. #3 The Penguin. One daughter-in-law collects them and now she has a nutcracker one. #4 Kentucky Wildcat fan who is a hairdresser got this one with the blow dryer and comb. #5 The Snoopy Cheerleader is for another friend who was a cheerleader and collects anything Snoopy. #6 Irish Leprechaun for the daughter with an Irish theme. This is her good luck guy with a blue pot of gold in his right arm and hand.
Hope you enjoy looking at these and try one on your own. These are a fun build and make you very popular with the recipient. Comments and stuff welcome. Thanks for looking.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#1 posted 04-25-2014 01:04 AM


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#2 posted 04-25-2014 02:56 AM

These are big. I can see why they are expensive. Great work building, and nice paint work. Very artistic.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 04-25-2014 09:28 AM

Vernon, those are really neat ! If I thought my drill press and sandpaper would be a good substitute for a lathe

Very nice job and very inventive

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#4 posted 04-25-2014 09:41 AM

Hello poospleasures

A great idea.

Very inventive project. The colors and design are nice

Do you more picture of the mecanism ?

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#5 posted 04-25-2014 10:50 AM

Big guys arn’t they.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#6 posted 04-25-2014 05:10 PM

very cool, great work

-- steve, simple and effective

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#7 posted 05-17-2014 12:46 PM

All very cool Vernon.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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