Triceratops--Grandson tested and approved

  • Advertise with us
Project by grace123 posted 01-31-2012 07:30 AM 2779 views 7 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a triceratops. It is a really fun toy—the legs move as it rolls along on the wheels. The jaw open and shut and the large “collar” over the neck also moves up and down as the wheels turn. I made this toy using the plans produced by David Wakefield as detailed in his book, “Making Dinosaur Toys in Wood”.

The triceratops is made of redwood and Douglas fir. The body and legs are made from a redwood 6×2. The collar was made from a Douglas fir block.

To appreciate the movement of this toy, please take a look at the video I created with the assistance of two experts, my grandsons.

!<iframe src=”” frameborder=”0” height=”315” width=”420”></iframe>!

I have made toys for children previously and I have been a bit discouraged because it seems kids like plastic better than wood. With this triceratops I think I have a winner. My grandsons enjoy playing with him, making him “growl”, rolling him on the floor. I enjoyed seeing them play with this toy. What more can you ask?

11 comments so far

View a1Jim's profile


117944 posts in 4208 days

#1 posted 01-31-2012 07:43 AM

This is fantastic ,what a wonderful design. super idea and build.


View dustbunny's profile


1149 posts in 3926 days

#2 posted 01-31-2012 11:57 AM

Just ordered the book from Amazon,
You did a nice job on this one !
Thanks for the post,


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

View murch's profile


1380 posts in 3255 days

#3 posted 01-31-2012 04:36 PM

Very sturdy looking toy. Great job.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

View teeparties's profile


6 posts in 2938 days

#4 posted 01-31-2012 04:50 PM

I just stumbled on this website and found your triceratops. I am sure my sons would love something like this and plan to find the book so that I can make one too. You did an excellent job.

View Ken90712's profile


17829 posts in 3819 days

#5 posted 01-31-2012 05:33 PM

Well done, looks soild as a rock! I can see why he likes it.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

View Heidi Neely's profile

Heidi Neely

550 posts in 3805 days

#6 posted 01-31-2012 10:53 PM

This is so cool! Seen alot of wooden toys on here, but this has to be the 1st dinosaur I’ve ever come across! :)

-- Heidi :) “The only source of knowledge is experience”

View nitewalker41's profile


470 posts in 3323 days

#7 posted 02-01-2012 04:04 AM

way Kewl for sure, lucky Grandson, did yourself proud

-- "older I get, the more fun I have"

View eruby's profile


79 posts in 3405 days

#8 posted 02-01-2012 05:41 AM

has it survived the inevitable “drop on a hard surface” test? My kid would probably push it down the stairs

-- Eric - Baltimore MD

View grace123's profile


258 posts in 3393 days

#9 posted 02-01-2012 06:27 AM

Re: eruby: Thanks so much for your kind comments. The triceratops has truly survived a couple of serious drops. The horns are still intact. The feet and wheels still turn like they are supposed to. To my mind this is a what a toy should be—cheap and fun and durable.

View HillbillyShooter's profile


5811 posts in 2923 days

#10 posted 06-06-2014 08:53 PM

Cool toy! Accidentally stumbled on this post from before I joined, but really appreciate the work you put into this great project.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

View htl's profile


4908 posts in 1790 days

#11 posted 12-25-2016 03:15 PM

Way cool!!!
I made one of these back around 1980 and still have it, got to love these critters!!!

-- An Index Of My Model making Blogs

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics