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Climbing Bear Toy for My Grandkids

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Project by MountainMan63 posted 12-30-2018 09:54 PM 886 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Scroll Saw, 1/2” Plywood, Drill Press, 2 Pieces of wood cut to 1/4”x5”, Spray on adhesive, Bear Templates, Paracord, Propane Torch < “Hank Hill” would be proud of me, LOL!”), Belt Sander/Polisher, Dremel & Dremel accessories, 2 Shades of Brown (Since the Bears are “Brown Bears”), Black Paint, Primer/Sealer, Painters Tape.

1.) I used a piece of 1/2” thick plywood that was large enough to cut out two bears that measured 5”x5 3/4” with my scroll saw.

2.) Next, I covered the plywood with the painter’s tape so the spray adhesive wouldn’t get onto the plywood, which would mean that I’d have to sand the adhesive off the bears once they were cut out.

3.) Once template was glued onto the plywood it was time to head to my scroll saw to cut the bears out.

4.) Next I removed the template & painter’s tape off the bears.

5.) I used my drill press & a 17/64” drill bit to drill out the holes in their paws.

6.) When that was done I applied some Bullseye 1-2-3 Primer & once that dried it was time to paint them.

7.) While that was drying I cut 4 pieces of Paracord measuring 3’ each.

8.) Now it’s time to put their “Clothes on them”/paint them after the primer dried.

9.) Next I painted/drew their eyes, noses & mouth on them. And since they are for two of my Grandkids I applied Varathane 3X polyurethane to them to protect them from dings, bangs that the kids may put them through, LOL & so that the paint doesn’t chip or peel off from being played with.

Here’s a video of my grandkids playing with their “Climbing Bears”! The sad thing about this is (Unfortunately, I do not have a video of it!) that my 26 year old son, 24 year old daughter & her 25 year old husband have played with them, also, LOL!

https://youtu.be/vzXLvQpuh8c

10.) I also cut two strips of wood measuring 25/32”x35/128”x5” one each which the bears are hung by them & is the pivot point for the bears to climb up to the top of as the finish line as the kids pull on the paracord alternately.

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-- “Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.” – Eleanor Roosevelt





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ToyMakingDad

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#1 posted 01-02-2019 10:09 PM

Nice! Those are super cute. The grandkids will love them.

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

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MountainMan63

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#2 posted 01-03-2019 12:31 AM

Thank you, sir! Much appreciated! I wanted to post a video them in action but sadly I only have two hands & this site I believe what I saw is a 5Mb size limit. Maybe another time I’ll be able to post one of them.

-- “Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

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MountainMan63

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#3 posted 04-14-2019 02:17 AM

To those interested I’ve added a link to the video of my grandkids playing with the Climbing Bears. My apologies for the quality of it. My daughter took it with her phone & sent it to me! One of the Bears falls off the wall, LOL. Hopefully y’all enjoying & can tell more about the use of the bears better with the video.

-- “Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

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