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  1. Designing the Dragon Pull Toy

    A number a LumberJocks sent me emails asking how I designed the dragon pull toy. For my articulated projects, I always sketch in CAD (because I don't have a pencil) and then animate the design to check the relationship of parts and the clearances. It's no fun looking at static pictures, so I...
  2. A Tale of Two Dragons

    I joined LumberJocks about a month ago because of a blog entry by A.J. Hamler. In it, he talked about making one of my dragons as a Christmas gift for a grandchild. And then this morning, a photo of the new arrival (the first picture) showed up in my inbox. FAR OUT !!! AJ gave his dragon a...
  3. Busy Carpenter mechanical pull toy

    The Winter 2017 issue of Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts magazine has a neat pattern for a mechanical pull-toy name The Busy Carpenter. I thought my grandson would get a kick out of this one, so I built one. I used scrap 1/4" plywood and 3/16" Luan plywood for the flat pieces. The rest of the...
  4. Pedaling Cyclist wood pull-toy

    As others have observed, the original pattern for this old-fashioned wood pull toy is pretty flimsy, for children to actually play with. I was going to beef up all the 1/4" thick wood parts and make them about 3/8" thick using Sketchup, but that would require changing some other dimensions...
  5. Modified Design of animated pull-toy Lady and her FLock

    I saw this cute animated toy on the Internet somewhere. I tracked it down to coming from Ken Folk's 1998 book, Folk Toys: Patterns & Projects for the Scroll Saw. I bought a copy of the book, and entered the design into Sketchup. I decided to make 2 design changes to the original pattern. I...
  6. Beefier design of Lady and Her Flock --Animated Pull Toy

    Back in January I built this animated pull toy using the pattern from Ken Folks' 1998 book of toy patterns. I posted this project on this web site here. Last July, I took most of my wood toys to a community event held at Marsh Park. The kids….....and adults loved playing with my toys...
  7. Exotic Wood Cricket

    Needed to make a toy for my niece's daughter's birthday and used the Wood Wisperers pattern but with more exotic look: Cherry for body, Walnut for wheels, Bird's Eye Maple for legs, and Pine wood beads.
  8. Grasshopper

    My Great-grandson will be getting this soon, I hope he likes it! I made the body from cherry and the legs and wheels from hard maple recycled flooring, the eyes are dyed hickory. Plans from Jim Makowicki
  9. Hopping Bluebird children's Pull-Toy

    Many years ago I made some bunny rabbits where the child pulled the toy with a rope and the bunny hopped as it traveled along. I uploaded my design to the Google Sketchup warehouse, and it turned out to be my popular design with 22,000 downloads !!! Here is a link to my Sketchup design of the...
  10. So He Won't Forget...

    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...
  11. Dragon Pull Toy

    My recent entry into the wonderful world of LumberJocks started with a blog entry by A.J. Hamler. http://blog.woodshopnews.com/workbench/?p=1238" In it, he said that he was making a dragon pull toy for a grandchild, and gave me a nice shout-out as the designer. He said that he found the plans...
  12. Camel Pull Toy

    There seems to be a renewed interest in wood in motion, so I thought I'd post the camel pull toy that I published with Woodworker's Journal for the December 2000 issue. The opening photo was taken just before Camelia packed her bags (humps?) for the trip to WWJ, and the second photo shows the...
  13. A Pull Toy for Christmas

    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...
  14. The Hungry Hippo

    This fellow has one of my fist basic animation concepts. As the peg on the inside of the front wheel passes by the bottom of the jaw, it opens the gaping mouth, only to let it chomp shut a moment later. Very kinetic and satisfying. I use Cherry for most of my toys because it doesn't splinter...
  15. Scented Skunk animated pull toy

    After getting David Wakefield's book on patterns for animated wood toys, I am building the ones I find most interesting to me. The Scented Skunk uses a cam driven by the back wheels to make the tail go up and down. I used maple for the light colored wood and walnut for the dark colored wood...
  16. The Loco Lobster

    This beast was my first venture into the absurd with my toys. Once again, Cherry of course. The dowels inside the wheels lift the claws one at a time and make a nice (infuriating for parents) clacking sound. I've redesigned this one since the original and it's on my website and in my upcoming...
  17. Wobbly Duck Pull Toy

    Found a Plan for these pull toys on Makezine. Really easy to make, cut out the template, and pasted onto cardboard, then transferred to oak piece for the body. The "Feet" and axle are Poplar. The "Feet" are supposed to be cut at a 10 degree angle, i guessed, (i figured it doesn't really...
  18. The Walrus

    Another day, another toy. This guy really needs animation to show him off. (sorry for the funky picture). He has a very nice (walrus)waddle as he yawns somewhat threateningly. The plans and directions for making this guy are in the current Woodcraft Magazine, my upcoming book and finished...
  19. The well-tailored penguin

    This guy was just born last week. My second attempt at the intarsia look. The waddle was easy (offset wheels) but the flippers were a challenge. I started with pivoting individual flippers pulled down inside the body with cams and strings. It was bulky and cumbersome. My friend John Hutchinson...
  20. Gallivanting Gorilla animated wood pull-toy

    This is the latest David Wakefield designed animated wood toy I have built. I made this one from American Cherry, then dipped in food grade mineral oil. This toy only works if you pull it because you have to over-come the friction between the gorilla's legs and the ground. You have to see...
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