A Pull Toy for Christmas

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Project by BarbS posted 12-15-2013 08:04 PM 1384 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is a wavy-tailed snail I put wheels on for our two year old, who lives in Germany. The story behind it is, I had to clean out from under my garage bench after many many years and found this cut off I had saved from her older sister’s green dinosaur twelve years ago. The bevel-cut slats are laid in a long rectangle and glued to burlap, then cut to shape. This piece is the reverse back of that old dinosaur, which I’m wondering if the older girl will recognize after so long! I intended to spray paint it, but had to mail early and our temperatures were in the teens for many days, so I sat in front of my garage heater and applied a gel stain, resulting in a red/brown snail. I added springs for antennae with JB Weld to secure them, and store bought wheels. The thing wobbles nicely as it is pulled along. The little girl is a giggler, so I hope she likes it. My other Christmas presents are mundane: pens, make up brushes, bowls. This was the Fun one!


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#1 posted 12-15-2013 08:15 PM

Oh how cute! She’s going to love it!

-- Janice

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#2 posted 12-15-2013 08:25 PM

Cute Barb! I love the story that goes with it too. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#3 posted 12-15-2013 08:33 PM

Very cute barb

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#4 posted 12-16-2013 12:45 AM

Thank you, folks; I hunted for a photo of that old green dinosaur but could not find one. It was most likely in an old crashed computer. It’s kind of nice, though, that at thirteen, my firstborn grandchild has a little sister, who’ll be two in January, and is my youngest grandchild.. so far. New one due in June, so it’s off to the races again. Woodworker’s Journal had a pattern years ago for an articulated Dragon pull toy. Maybe I have time to get that done before the new one is walking!


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#5 posted 12-16-2013 01:34 AM

Very cute little pull toy Barb…looks like it will wriggle it’s way across the floor when pulled… thanks for sharing

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#6 posted 12-16-2013 01:10 PM

This sure beats those plastic ones. Very nicely done Barb.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#7 posted 12-16-2013 03:56 PM

That’s really cute, Barb. She’ll love it. Merry Christmas.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 12-16-2013 04:11 PM

Nothing like a pull-along toy to add the fun factor Barb! Totally cute … better yet … silent!!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#9 posted 12-16-2013 04:18 PM

LOL.. Elaine, you’ve got that right! Thanks, everyone.


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#10 posted 12-17-2013 01:31 AM

Very nice,they’ll love it.

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#11 posted 12-21-2013 11:47 AM

G’Day Barbs, Certainly this is the fun one, may our of play are ahead for this snail….well done…

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

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#12 posted 12-21-2013 03:53 PM

Thanks for the comments everyone, and a Very Merry Christmas! This is Winter Solstice day, and from now on, every day up north here, will be almost a minute longer. The more light, the better!


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