Toy Grasshoppers made from Sycamore

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Project by ToyMakingDad posted 01-02-2018 09:07 PM 731 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are from my Christmas batch of grasshoppers based on the plans in Jim Makowicki’s Making Heirloom Toys.
I don’t put strings or antennae on them but otherwise, they are very close to his plans.

The legs are red oak but the bodies are my first “Log to Toy” effort.

The boards came from a Sycamore log that my local Parks Department very conveniently left on a sidewalk about 15 months ago.

My pictures don’t do it justice but the quarter-sawn sycamore has a spectacular pattern to it.

Finish is beeswax and mineral oil.

Although it was an absolute beast to “split” once I got the log in half and over to a good bandsaw, it cut great and was easy to work with. I certainly can’t complain about the price.
Really looking forward to finding other sources for wood like this and cutting and drying my own boards.

More pictures and details here –

Thanks for looking.

-- Toy Making Dad, Northern Virginia,

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#1 posted 01-02-2018 09:39 PM

A hopping good job.

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

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#2 posted 01-02-2018 10:21 PM

Pretty cool grasshopper—I’m sure some lucky kid will have hours of fun with it!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#3 posted 01-02-2018 10:31 PM

Very nice job! I’m sure these made someone happy!

-- AJ

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#4 posted 01-03-2018 01:53 AM

Love toys with moving parts they’re so much fun to make.
Nice job!!!

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#5 posted 01-03-2018 08:58 PM

The quarter sawn rays look really nice on the side of the body. Great work.

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#6 posted 01-03-2018 10:50 PM

Hats off to you sir, making a nice neat strong childs toy with moving parts is tops!!

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#7 posted 01-04-2018 05:27 PM

Got to make a pair of this for my nephews. Great work on those. I maybe like them such uncoloured.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 01-04-2018 06:49 PM

Thanks for all the positive feedback from some real craftsmen and great toy makers.

Majuvla – Here is another one that I didn’t paint made from maple:

Sometimes I paint the eyes with acrylic paints and a gloss finish:

-- Toy Making Dad, Northern Virginia,

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