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Pedaling Cyclist - Trying to get myself going again….

It had been a very hot summer "downunder" along with a busy couple of months of birthdays, trips to Queensland to see my mum, as well as some disappointments & disagreements and I've struggled to make time and find time to relax in the shed making toys.

Then for the last 4 weeks its been raining here like we'll need Noah's Ark soon and my shed has been wet, wet, wet with water seeping through the sandstone rock we cut into, to create the shed under the house behind the small garage.

I have a 26" fan running 24/7 to try to create airflow and remove the damp but with some 480mm of rain in the past 4 weeks its been up hill.

Saying that, shed time has been sorely missed as I just haven't felt like being there so have kept myself busy doing inside painting in very small lots for our daughter and son-in-law.

Today was the first sunny day in a long time so it was cleanup time.

One of my Lumberjock mates, Dan Snowden, made the "Pedaling Cyclist" toy for his market stall and was kind enough to share the quite old plan with me.

"Handy" and I have made a start on that toy, printing out some plan patterns, gluing them to some Tassie Oak board with "Glue Stick" then cutting then roughly on the bandsaw before shaping the parts on the bobbin sander.






I've made the parts thicker than the plans to cope with grandsons play, which has added some processing to the project.

The front wheel has proved difficult as the axle must be fixed in the wheel along with the cranks….

Superglue and brads to the rescue along with a couple of nylon washers to ensure everything turns freely…

The rear wheels were cut with a 40mm wheel cutter from some Spotted Gum; the body is Tassie Oak; the front wheel recycled fence paling….

The body parts as well as the bike parts are all oversized to cope with little boys playing with the cyclist so I've had to add hips to the rider…

Not one hundred percent happy with it by its already withstood the "grandson test" so what it lacks in finish it makes up in strength and play-ability.

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One cute toy, glad to see another one of your projects, well done. Here our winter is gradually giving up with some groaning's, snow skiffs etc. but almost all bare ground now. Sorry about the rain, and the too hot weather. Shop time in the winter is great. Been quite busy here. Might even get a project posted today yet. Thanks for all the emails.
 

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Great job, Crowie. Things that move are so fun to build. Hope you get all dried out soon.
 

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Neat little build there Crowie.

BUT… Where's the motor?... Your grandson might develop muscles pushing it around.

You should move down south where the weathers is,
"Miserable one day….. and Unpredictable the next…"
 

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Looks good Crowie, I like the survivability mods you incorporated into the design.
 

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Hi Crowie, Geez, that sounds like you might be growing webs between your toes mate, better check that. There is probably more coming with that cyclone up north, they reckon it's going to turn down towards you. Will only be a rain depression by then though.
That is a great robust toy and would have been fun to make.
Thanks for sharing him with us.

Bob
 

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Looks real good Crowie and I am glad to hear that another woodworker makes things to withstand grandchildren tests…smart planning.
 

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Nice work Crowie

Your rain is now here now! I had to sandbag around the gate to stop mud pooling at the bottom of the entrance stairs.

All WW had to be suspended until this week.

A view out of Crowies shop I found !!

 

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Well done Crowie. Looking good and your grandson will be glad with it.

And I'm glad to see you started building with:
 

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Very cool. You better get peddling with that storm coming.
 

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Very cool. You better get peddling with that storm coming.

- hunter71
Doug, Cyclone Debbie is about 2500kms north of us in north Queensland….But it's a big one!!
 

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Doug, Cyclone Debbie is about 2500kms north of us in north Queensland….But it s a big one!!

- crowie
You're all a pack of wooses… a little bit of rain never hurt anyone… at least you don't have to face the terror of Cyclone missus!
 

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You re all a pack of wooses… a little bit of rain never hurt anyone… at least you don t have to face the terror of Cyclone missus!

- LittleBlackDuck
Fellow Aussies, In apologise if I offended anyone with the above quip. I didn''t realise how serious it was going to be!
I'm sure there are readers that would be directly affected by the catastrophe.
 

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Peter…Great Project!!!! Don't see many of those Peddling or Walking Toys these days, congratulations for reminding us of these rather unique and very appealing kids toys. You did an excellent job in the cutting and assembling and finishing….The profile is spot on!!!!

Peter, I hope better days are just around the corner and you are able to put in more Shop Time.

Yes the weather has been a challenge this year…you got heaps of rain in the South as well as the really hot spell and some folk were in extreme fire danger.
Here in South East Queensland we have had the hot weather and some rain but parts of the state are in drought. We will escape the Cyclone Debbie but it may bring the much needed rain to the farmers in drought areas.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Folk in North Qld. Right in the path of Cyclone Debbie.

Kind regards,

Cliff.
 

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No offence taken Just piles of sandbags next to it, to offset the after rain.

Well away from the areas directly effected.
 
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