So He Won't Forget...

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Project by maplerock posted 07-12-2013 05:16 AM 2151 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As I posted along with another project, I like to make toys, and I like to give them away. I especially like to make things for my grandson. He’s only 14 months old, and since my oldest son (his dad) is in the Marines, I have only seen him three times. Two weeks ago they came for a visit and we had a great time. I knew they were coming, so I got busy. The toys I made for him went with him when they left on Tuesday.

I’m hoping he has a good time pulling the dachshund around (we have a weinerdog that got lots of love from him while he was here) and a little moose for him to play with. It is comforting to think that he might associate those toys with the big guy that kept reminding him that he was his Grandpa. My son told me that he was building a shelf in Carter’s room to display all of Grandpa’s presents.

These two projects were made from similar things I saw on line. No plans, just figure it out and see what happens. The moose is pine, and the dog is poplar.. The moose was stained with minwax and sealed with Rustoleum clearcoat. The pull toy dog was painted with Rustoleum metallic brown and a jacket of Rustoleum white and purple was added.

I drilled a 1/2” hole in the neck of the dog and drilled a small hole through a 1/2 inch pice of 1/2” dowel rod. Then I epoxied the rope into the dowel and glued the dowel into the neck. I did the same thing with the wooden pull I bought at a craft store. Drlled a 1/2” hole in it, then cut a short piece of dowel rod, drilled through the center, epoxied in the rope and glued the dowel into the ball. There’s probably a better way, but this was my solution.

The dog’s ears flop and the moose’s head swivels. Simple projects but satisfying. Hopefully my little buddy will remember Grandpa when he’s playing with them! Oh yeah… #2 is scheduled to enter the world in September! I better get busy!

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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#1 posted 07-12-2013 06:02 AM

Jerry, looks like you are on a really late night shop binge. I liked the story and the toys are neat too. This toy has a whimsical playfulness about it that appeals to me. Great job on the photography and the ruler is a nice addition. Looks like you are having way too much fun in the shop.

Good luck on tomorrow’s adventure.

-- Big Al in IN

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#2 posted 07-12-2013 09:21 AM

Sweet toys! Way to go Grandpa. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#3 posted 07-12-2013 01:09 PM

Ya done good Jerry. He will cherish these for a long time.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#4 posted 07-12-2013 01:13 PM

Fun and cool nice work Jerry


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#5 posted 07-12-2013 02:56 PM

Nice work… Sure grandson will enjoy… Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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#6 posted 07-12-2013 03:03 PM

Jerry, I hope I am as good a grandpa as you are when the time comes. When I was a kid, I would have loved to have had these. Great job!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#7 posted 07-12-2013 03:12 PM

Hopefully if and when he gets a bit older and is too embarrassed to have such toys in his room, his parents will safely stow them away and then give them back to him when he’s an adult. They would serve as a lifelong reminder of his loving Grandpa.

-- Ride the bevel!

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#8 posted 07-13-2013 03:29 AM

Nice looking toys. They will be cherished I’m sure.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#9 posted 07-15-2013 04:03 PM

They are cute and adorable, great design and finish. I’m sure grandson will get lots of fun playing with them. Great reminders of Grand Pa’s love.

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