Gilligig or Whirligil Finished

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[Legebla ankaŭ en Esperanto]

The whirligig which I was making for my daughter is finished today. It’s a fair representation of her parakeet aptly named Gilligan. To make this whirligig, I located a photo of a parakeet in flight and traced it in AutoCAD. I traced the wing separately. The body was then scaled to be 17 inches long, (a reference I saw on a commercially available bird whirligig.) The wings had to be scaled down to 75% to keep them from overwhelming the whole thing. I used the drawing to make a cardboard pattern which I could then trace onto 1/2 inch plywood. The wings are on 1/4 inch plywood. I cut out the pieces on my bandsaw and sanded the edges on a drum sander in my drill press. The hardware is all brass or copper. After painting I gave it a spray of satin finish clear coat. My daughter’s birthday is in a little less than two months, so it’s going into hiding until she opens this gift.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#1 posted 06-06-2012 06:27 PM

Nice job…I’m sure your daughter will love it. My wife just ask me to make a few of them for her garden area. Did you purchase the parts needed…if you did, where did you buy them?

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#2 posted 06-06-2012 06:52 PM

The parts consist of brass 6/32 nuts and washers, 1/8 inch brass rod, a length of copper tubing. I bought them for a previous project, so I had them around already. I bought them at Lowes. You don’t have to use brass, but it lasts longer than steel and doesn’t rust.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#3 posted 06-06-2012 08:41 PM

Very cool idea!!

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

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#4 posted 08-02-2012 04:45 PM

And she loves it. Mission accomplished.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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