spring action wood pecker toy

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Project by Jeffery Mullen posted 03-16-2013 04:19 AM 3326 views 7 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was on u-tube viewing videos last night and was inspired by the spring action wood pecker toy that I saw in action. I made a compound cut body from a pattern I made. I used a dowel for the beak and sanded it down to a point with my belt sander. I drilled the holes in the wood pecker body before I made the compound cuts. I made my own spring with some 20 gauge wire and wrapped it around a nail then pulled on the spring a little to give it some action to it. I used about 3 feet of wire for the bird to peck his way down. Their is a hole just a little bit bigger in the wood that runs down the wire so it will grip some when the spring is moving back and forth and the beak is pecking at the wire as it goes down to the bottom. It takes about 30 sec to make it to the bottom. I painted it to my touch with acrylic paints and a small paint brush.

-- Jeffery Mullen

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#1 posted 03-16-2013 06:45 AM

That’s freaky, I saw the same video last night, and I considered making one—I work until 9:30PM, though, so I didn’t get a chance to today, but may have to during this weekend! lol

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 03-16-2013 10:16 AM

Isn’t that cool?? What a fun project! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 03-16-2013 10:30 AM

Great job. Very innovative. IĀ“like and try to copy soon.

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#4 posted 03-16-2013 01:22 PM

Hahahaha , I saw the same video last night. Are you going to video yours in action ?

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#5 posted 03-16-2013 01:33 PM

Wonderful! I saw this video as well about a week ago and glad to see the woodpecker come to life on LJ. You did a nice job .


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#6 posted 03-16-2013 03:32 PM

That’s pretty cute. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#7 posted 03-16-2013 04:02 PM

woodpecker is one word. On a woodworking forum, that might be worth keeping in mind, as “spring action wood pecker toy” could lead one to an erroneous conclusion as to the subject matter of the post.

-- Don

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#8 posted 03-16-2013 07:44 PM

LMAO !! Good point SDon However , the correct word would be “wooden”. : )

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#9 posted 03-16-2013 08:37 PM

lol Don, I thought the same thing. Reminds me of a nursery rhyme I heard “The woodpecker pecked and pecked and he pecked some more. He pecked so much his pecker got sore….”

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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Jeffery Mullen

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#10 posted 03-17-2013 04:19 AM

I may not be the best with my wording but am good at my wood projects. Glad you all like my project. I will try to get a video on this if i can figure it out on how to get one on Lumber Jock.

-- Jeffery Mullen

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#11 posted 03-17-2013 04:50 PM

JM , Upload it to UTube and then link it here : )

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#12 posted 03-19-2013 03:36 PM

Cool and fun project! Like the details on the woodpecker. Great job!

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