This is a fun to build toy/decoration that easily provides entertainment or simply catches one's eye. It can be built with simple woodworking tools and can easily be throw together within a few evenings.
I know this is probably annoying, but I've entered this in the Toy, Fathers Day, and Epilog V Contest's. If you like it, show some love by giving me a vote :)
6" X 6" (1/4" thick)plywood-for arms
10 1/4" X 5 1/8" (1 3/8" thick) softwood-for body
13 3/4" X 8" (3/4" thick) plywood-for base
5 1/2" X 12 5/8" (1/16" thick) balsa or plywood-for windmill sails
2 3/4" diameter wooden wheel (can be purchased at a hardware store)
12" long stiff wire
2 x 12" long (5/8" thick) dowels-for uprights
9 1/2" coat hanger wire
1 x 1/4" nut, bolt, and washer (at least 3" long)
1 x 1/16" nut, bolt, and washer
Sharp craft knife
drill bits to match dowels and bolts
needle nosed plyers
( I included an image of the template I used)
Step 1: Cutting Out the Parts
The first step is very simple, cut the parts out with the template provided with the fretsaw.
Drill the holes needed in each of the body parts. Careful that the holes are straight, especially for the body, because if they are not, the moving parts will not work properly.
Shape the body as you like with the carving knife and sandpaper, then paint. Feel free to be as creative as you like :)
Glue the shoulder spacer onto the body.
Bend a small part of the wire around the tip of your needle nosed pliers. Make sure when you secure the wire under the bolt that the wire does not slip over the head of the bolt.