Toy Dinosaurs

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Project by ToyMakingDad posted 12-02-2012 02:34 AM 2024 views 4 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Wanted to share some of the dinosaur toys that I have made based on the plans in David Wakefield’s amazing “Making Dinosaur Toys in Wood.” The plans are very easy to follow and could all be done with hand tools. Obviously, a bandsaw really makes short work of most of the cutting and personally, I found my drill press to be the key to success.

All of the toys are made from solid wood. In addition to having moving legs, all of them have other motions caused by cams on the axles. Heads move, mouths bite, tails wiggle etc.

All of the wood I used was “recycled” from other sources except for the wheels which were purchased. The wood is mostly from bed slats and wine crates (lucky for me my brother owns a beer and wine store), but also the ocasional scrap piece of 2×4 (for the triceratops body.)

I used acrylic paints and finish on them. So far they have really held up with just a minor repair here and there. Initially I painted them green but one day I asked my daughter what color she wanted the next one to be and basically, all the colors of the rainbow came into play.

Below is a short video of the motion of some of the first ones I built. Here is a link to my blog post of the general assembly and finishing methods I used.

I recommend the stegosaurus as a good one to start with. It is actually a quick build and everyone I have given one to has loved it.

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-- Toy Making Dad, Northern Virginia,

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#1 posted 12-02-2012 05:10 AM

Very cool. Great dad stuff.

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#2 posted 12-02-2012 05:23 AM

Nice work! Neat movement on all of them; thanks for sharing the David Wakefield reference.

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#3 posted 02-03-2013 09:20 AM

G’day “dad”,
They are superb, you’ve done a top job on them plus love the great colours, well done.
Cheers, crowie

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#4 posted 05-18-2013 01:46 AM

Thanks for the comment on the oak buffet! And as for the hot rod, check out my other projects, the one I built for my son is really cool! And I have to make some dinos for my boys! very cool!

-- “Anyone who doesn’t think money is grown on trees hasn’t bought any lumber lately.”

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#5 posted 08-20-2014 05:34 PM

I think you have attained a high order in the ranks of toymakers. Even Gipetto himself would be envious….

-- Ed

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