Grasshopper Pull Toy

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Project by Bob, Oregon posted 02-11-2009 11:49 PM 2475 views 7 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A cute little pull toy that I made last week for our new (10 months) grandson. Plans from the book, “Making Heirloom Toys” by J. Mackowicki. Western Maple and Oak.

-- 73, Bob

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#1 posted 02-11-2009 11:57 PM

I am sure he will enjoy playing with it. What type of finish did you use on it?

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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Bob, Oregon

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#2 posted 02-12-2009 12:05 AM

I used Minwax Wipe-On Poly Gloss. Not too sure about how non-poisonous it is when dry. I haven’t looked up an MSDS yet. No warnings on the can though, so I’ll just advise the parents that he shouldn’t eat this one. I’ve made a few other toys and used Tried & True Varnish Oil, but thought this one would look a bit better with the gloss.

-- 73, Bob

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#3 posted 02-12-2009 12:05 AM

great job!

I had one of these when I was a wee one… gosh that was a long time ago lol :)

well done

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#4 posted 02-12-2009 08:21 AM

Nice work! Congrats Grandpa! Nice to see it has a little action to it to keep his interest.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 01-05-2011 12:34 AM

Very nice pull toy Bob, I bet he wore the wheels out on this guy :) That book looks good, I think I might check it out. Would you recommend it?

-- Dale, Oregon

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Bob, Oregon

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#6 posted 01-05-2011 02:07 AM

Hi Dale,

Thanks for the comments.

Yes, I think the Mackowicki book is quite good. He has patterns and lots of descriptions of techniques, tools used, jigs, etc. Look on Amazon. You can find it for around 15 bucks or less. I have made several of the toys in the book.

-- 73, Bob

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Jeffery Mullen

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#7 posted 04-24-2011 05:59 AM

I like the way it works when it would be pulled and I am sure any little kid would love one of these. Moms would like the fact that they are quiet when pulled . Thanks for sharing .

-- Jeffery Mullen

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