Crocodile with wider opening mouth

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Project by DaleMaley posted 09-23-2021 10:56 AM 538 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made one of these in 2018 and the grand-kids love it. I got the original design from David Wakefield’s book of patterns.

The grand-kids push it on the carpet until it gobbles up the toes of their brothers or sisters :)

I wanted the mouth of the crocodile to open even further, so I modified the design. I increased the wheel size from 1.75 to 2.0 inch diameter so I could move the 3/8” drive dowel further away from the center of the wheel. I also added material to the 2 mouth pieces so the mouth would rotate further.

You can watch a Youtube video of this model in action using this link.

For more details on how I designed and made this model, see my woodworking web site using this link.

I think the grand-kids will have fun with this one!


-- Dale, Illinois,

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#1 posted 09-23-2021 07:35 PM

That is really cool. what kid would not want one. Thanks for sharing!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 09-23-2021 08:43 PM

That is really cool. what kid would not want one. Thanks for sharing!!


- Jim Jakosh

I think almost all kids like dinosaurs, and a crocodile is sort of a dinosaur, and my grand-kids have a blast playing with them :)



-- Dale, Illinois,

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#3 posted 09-24-2021 12:52 AM

Wow. This will make the grandkids happy! I have to put this on my short list. Thanks for sharing!

-- AJ

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#4 posted 09-24-2021 01:31 AM

Pretty cute. Forgo the bumps on the back and it could be a yappy Dachshund.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#5 posted 09-24-2021 03:01 AM

Great for kids.

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#6 posted 09-24-2021 01:08 PM

Love it. Thank you for sharing.

-- Pete

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#7 posted 09-29-2021 11:23 PM

Good one !!

I’ve already got my buddy making, I’d say one, but he usually makes more…

Cool man…

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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