Oriole whirligig, first piece with moving parts

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Project by jfk4032 posted 08-14-2015 09:28 PM 1869 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My father bought an Oriole bird whirligig over 35 years ago that he kept at our beach condo. It flew proud for many years, and until current Oriole ownership came into being. The past few years it was starting to fall apart, so I took it home with me, dissecting it and made a complete new bird. I used more substantial hardwood on this one instead of the original pine and coated it with several coats of satin poly. I also used brass hardware and taxidermy quality bird eyes…probably went overboard with that but they were so cheap anyway.

Last weekend while up at the beach it was very windy, so what better time to take my first video to post online of it flapping away.

I may need to put a fresh piece of wood to replace the base which is also the original wood from over 35 years ago.

-- ---Joel; Central MD...rookie empter nester and getting back into woodworking!

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#1 posted 08-14-2015 09:49 PM

Nice work on restoring a family heirloom. May she fly many more years!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#2 posted 08-14-2015 10:12 PM

Looks real good. I keep thinking I want to try a whirly-gig one of these days.

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#3 posted 08-15-2015 02:02 AM

That look great. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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