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Heres is the first project I finished for the CD.


Detailed Instructions
*********** WARNING***********
Read my page on safety before building this item.

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Materials needed:
1/2" thick clear pine 6" x 16" or 12" x 8"
1/4" thick clear pine 6" x 12"
1/4" wooden dowel 2" long.
Three wire coat hangers.
Two small eyehooks.
Four thin small flat washers (1/2" to 3/4")
Wood sealer & paints (if a colorful finish is desired).
Clear wood finish (if a natural finish is desired).

There are four scale drawings of the pieces. The first has the base(1), the wheel blocks(3) and the axle wires(2). The second contains the parts to be cut from 1/4 inch material and includes the wheels (4), the body side pieces (2) and the ear pieces (2). The third contains the parts to be cut from 1/2 inch material and includes the head (1) and the body center piece (1). The last page is a cutaway view of the assembled item.

Construction is very simple:
1. Print out the drawings in scale. The dotted blocks on the drawings should be 1/2 inch by 1/2 inch unless you wish to change the size of the finished project.
2. Use the drawings to cut out all the parts. A band saw works best but a scroll or saber saw will suffice.
3. Sand all edges smooth. Take care with this step as it will show the love and care you put into the final toy. Do not sand the front wheel edges to a completely smooth surface as some traction is needed.
4. Locate and drill the axle holes in the wheels. These should fit the axle very snugly.
5. Locate the centers of the two holes for the slot in the base. Drill pilot holes with a small bit (1/16"). Drill the final holes with a 1/2" bit.
6. Using a saber or coping saw, cut out the slot in the base.
7. Cut a groove in each axle support piece deep enough to receive the coat hanger wire loosely enough to allow the axle to turn but not wobble. Use a table saw, router, circular saw, or hand saw for this.
8. Cut out the straight section of all three coat hangers for the axles and linkage wire.
9. Bend one coat hanger to match the drawing. The bends can be made easily with a good pair of needle nose pliers.
10. Cut the axles to length as indicated in the drawings. Using a flat file, round both ends of each axle.
11. Position, glue and clamp the rear axle support in place.
12. Position one of the front axle supports to locate the axle 1 1/2" from the front edge then glue and clamp the support in place. Be sure to keep the support flush with the outer edge of the base.
13. Insert the front axle until the bend fits centered into the cutout groove in the base.
14. Position the other front axle support then glue and clamp it in place.
15. Locate and drill the dowel holes in the body sides and the head.
16. Using the body center as a guide, draw a light pencil line on the inner face of each body side
17. On both body sides, sand the inner face surface area that will not be glued to the body center piece. Sand it to a smooth finish and to allow the head to swing freely after assembly.
18. Cut off a 1" section of the dowel and insert it into one side body piece. Do NOT glue it at this time.
19. Position and glue the body center into place.
20. Position the head over the dowel, position and glue the other body side into place, and clamp the assembly firmly. Do NOT glue the dowel at this time.
21. Remove the dowel and the head.
22. Round/bevel all edges on the ears and the head piece then sand the flat surfaces smooth with 200 grit sandpaper to allow the head to swing freely after assembly and finishing.
23. Sand and glue the ears into place.
24. After all glued parts have dried thoroughly, sand all parts. Be sure to round/bevel all edges.
25. Finish/paint the body, the head, and the base.
26. Place the rear axle in the groove of the support
27. Add one wheel at a time.
28. Place a flat washer and one wheel on the axle then bend the protruding wire tightly against the wheel. Repeat for each wheel.
29. Bend the end of the head linkage wire loosely around a small eye hook.
30. Locate the small eye hook into the bottom of the head.
31. Position the head into the body then carefully glue the dowel into place being careful to not glue the head.
32. Position and glue the body into place on the base. You may wish to add a small (1/8") dowel through the base into the legs but be very careful as the alignment is critical.
33. Carefully bend the other end of the linkage wire around the front axle offset.
34. Insert an eye hook into the front of the base and attach a pull string.