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The Decisive Hedgehog

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The Decisive Hedgehog has many uses, but mainly it takes on the responsibility of difficult choices or decisions, saving you from the blame of the outcome:
  • Offspring squabbling over TV channels? Ask the Hedgehog!
  • Don't know what to have from the takeaway?  Ask the Hedgehog!
  • Can't find a coin to flip? Ask the Hedgehog!
  • Teachers, fed up of the same three hands going up, don't know who should answer next?  Ask the Hedgehog!

 
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Step 1: Materials and Tools

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I made the Decisive Hedgehog from a piece of old pine board about 21mm (3/4 inch) thick and just over 90mm (3 1/2inch) wide. It was already "finished" quality, since it used to be part of a bed frame.

The spines are bamboo skewers, I used ordinary kids' craft paints for the colour-coding and a fine drawing pen for the numbering.

The whole thing can be made with basic hand-tools (coping saw, hand drill, half-round file, a sharp knife, sand paper), but I cheated slightly, using a scroll saw, power drill and Kitewife's detailing sander.

Step 2: Design

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I may have many skills, but art isn't one of them, so I turned to the internet for my hedgehog outline.

I found an excellent little tutorial on "How to Draw a Hedgehog" on Jan Brett's website. It is worth exploring Ms Brett's site, for all sorts of drawing and craft activities, as well as her range of children's books.

I drew the outline freehand, directly onto the wood, but I left the prickles off, since they get added later.
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Kiteman (author)  blakemenezes1 year ago
Thank you!
As PKM said, another craeture........!
Awesome creativeness.....
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Kiteman (author)  The Pencil Guy1 year ago
Haha!
Creature....
kirnex1 year ago
I don't know if anyone's already said this, but: it would make a really cute drying rack for all those ziploc and vacuum sealer bags some of us use. I really like it--and it would actually look cute on the kitchen counter covered in little baggies. Thanks for sharing!
Kiteman (author)  kirnex1 year ago
You're welcome!
ilpug1 year ago
Another way this could be used is a fun way to organize small children. Make it like above but number each one, then the kids pull the spines, and organize in order according to the numbers, be it groups, or a queue.

Seems like an easy method to tame herds of little ruffians
Kiteman (author)  ilpug1 year ago
Good idea, and if you look at the last photo of step 3...
ilpug Kiteman1 year ago
Ah, okay, I didn't notice that, thanks

Also, why the heck did my comment double-post? That's obnoxious.
At first I was "What"?? then I was "Ahhhh"... Very cool Kiteman... Klockwork Kevin beat me to the punch with his comment.
Kiteman (author)  SlickSqueegie1 year ago
Thank you!
This is definitely one of the best implementations of drawing straws I've seen, and yea it seems like it would definitely be great for kids.
Kiteman (author)  KlockworkKevin1 year ago
Thanks!
neo716651 year ago
http://www.kss.com.tw/e4k/e4-2/e0215-1.asp I get mine from the local electrical supply house but pretty sure I've seen wall mart carry them
Kiteman (author)  neo716651 year ago
Thanks.
This is definitely one of the best implementations of drawing straws I've seen, and yea it seems like it would definitely be great for kids.
neo716651 year ago
Electricians have peel off and stick numbers we use for marking wire circuits. Just another option for numbering. I find I use the things for everything from labels on sparkplug wires to numbering the cables on the back of my TV/ computer so they are useful all over. Not too expensive and last forever.
Kiteman (author)  neo716651 year ago
Oh! Are they easy to get hold of?
What a great idea! It would be nice to use it as a pencil holder too!!
Exactly what I thought! If I didn't work in a paperless office I'd totally build one to hold my pens. Can you do a cable-organising woodland creature next? :)
Kiteman (author)  PKM1 year ago
Hmmm....
Kiteman (author)  lindarose921 year ago
Thank you.

A larger version could be a knife-block as well, I think.
chaitanyak1 year ago
what fun
Kiteman (author)  chaitanyak1 year ago
Isn't it?
Awesome Idea :) Many possibilities indeed :). Thanks for sharing your awesomeness.
Kiteman (author)  Tarun Upadhyaya1 year ago
Thank you!
ilpug1 year ago
Another way this could be used is a fun way to organize small children. Make it like above but number each one, then the kids pull the spines, and organize in order according to the numbers, be it groups, or a queue.

Seems like an easy method to tame herds of little ruffians
blkhawk1 year ago
Nice project! Perfect for a budding woodworker.
Kiteman (author)  blkhawk1 year ago
Oh, I hadn't thought of that possibility!
lmnopeas1 year ago
I'm obsessed with Hedgehog's! This is awesome. I love the idea as a larger version as a knife-block.
Kiteman (author)  lmnopeas1 year ago
You're welcome to try that for yourself!
I love it!!!!!
Kiteman (author)  M.C. Langer1 year ago
Thank you!