Stumpy's Tubafore Contest-My Toybyfore

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Project by clieb91 posted 01-21-2012 08:16 AM 5343 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well here it is for better or worse.. My project made entirely out of a 2×4. I got the idea from Rodney Pepe’s book on toys. This is the first mechanical toy I have built that was not from a kit. I had fun and learned a few new tricks. The roller was a trick to make as I made a wooden dowel on the lathe then used some smaller blocks to hold the dowel in order to make the roller. I will try to post some pics later of the actual mechanism.

Here it is in Action

If the video does not appear, click here.

The book called for the drum to be made from a cardboard roll but i decided to make it from wood so I glued up 2 blocks of 2×4 and turned them down on the lathe then used a forstner bit to create the hole leaving only small bit of wood to make the sound. I also decided on the screws for sticks as the plans called for usilg pop rivets with beads, I was not going to attempt to make beads. As for the final finishing well that is just some sharpies to give it some color.

Thanks for looking.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#1 posted 01-21-2012 08:43 AM

That’s one unique project.

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#2 posted 01-21-2012 04:35 PM

That’s great!

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#3 posted 01-21-2012 04:48 PM

Great….let the competition begin! (or at this point….end?)

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#4 posted 01-21-2012 04:53 PM

Very nice – drum-roll please!

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#5 posted 01-21-2012 05:03 PM

I love it. Tubafores in motion. A wonderful entry. Good luck.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#6 posted 01-21-2012 05:04 PM

Well done Chris, a drum roll for the final hours…..

I’d like to see those sticks turned on the lathe :)

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#7 posted 01-21-2012 08:35 PM

Thanks All.
Marty the thought had crossed my mind but after turning the drum I did not want to go with something that small.
I also just realized I was incorrect in the original post I made the dowel using my router table and a block of wood. had seen this trick multiple times and was happy togive it a try.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#8 posted 01-22-2012 02:16 AM

what a great project chris

really nice

well done

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#9 posted 01-29-2012 08:09 PM

I had a great time. I love your entry. A wonderful toy.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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