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A Plague of Grasshoppers

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Project by Babieca posted 12-28-2017 08:39 PM 1093 views 7 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We’ve got a bunch of friends and families with kids in the 1-3 year old range right now, so I batched out a bunch of grasshopper pull toys for the holidays.

These are based on Marc Spagnuolo’s design (which can be found here: https://www.thewoodwhisperer.com/videos/grasshopper-pull-toy/) though I changed how the pull string is attached.

They are red oak with store-bought birch wheels and pegs. Finish is shellac and paste wax.

If anybody is looking to make some kid’s toys, these offer a real bang for your buck. They are easy to make, but the animation gives them a little extra “wow” factor.





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Dave Polaschek

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#1 posted 12-28-2017 09:42 PM

Nice toys! If only they made as much noise as the old popcorn-popper push-toys our parents hated, they’d be great!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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poospleasures

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#2 posted 12-28-2017 11:10 PM

Great bunch of gifts. The little ones will cherish them for a long time. I would like to do that sometime, but the older I get the less time I seem to have.

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

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ralbuck

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#3 posted 12-29-2017 01:25 AM

A neat set.

Now you need a bunch of swallows for insect control!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#4 posted 12-29-2017 01:32 AM

Very thoughtful

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#5 posted 12-29-2017 02:46 AM

Very Nice Grasshoppers!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#6 posted 12-29-2017 04:50 AM

These are cool toys. Great job!

-- Larry - Illinois

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#7 posted 12-29-2017 12:43 PM

Pretty nice! I bet they have a blast with them.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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hunter71

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#8 posted 12-29-2017 12:59 PM

Ahhhh, very cool.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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ILpodder

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#9 posted 12-29-2017 02:48 PM

Nice project. I’m sure the kids loved them.

-- Marv, Illinois - "All those who wander are not lost" J.R.R.Tolkien

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helluvawreck

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#10 posted 12-29-2017 03:18 PM

This is a very creative toy and beautifully done. Nice work!

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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#11 posted 12-29-2017 04:40 PM

Hey cool! Favorites.

-- Pete

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#12 posted 12-29-2017 07:31 PM

Cute! I’ll make some if my spawn ever see fit to reproduce.

@ Dave P. – you could mount a dowel in the middle and have a block that swivels on it when the legs hit it. Just one idea that popped up.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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ToyMakingDad

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#13 posted 01-02-2018 08:47 PM

They look great. Super smooth and a great finish.

-- Toy Making Dad, Northern Virginia, http://toymakingdad.blogspot.com

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AJ1104

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#14 posted 01-20-2020 02:40 AM

Great job. Those kids will love them. I made my grandson one and it’s his favorite toy. He calls him “Hoppie”!

-- AJ

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