Picture of Wood Chopper Windmill
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 :)

Tracing Paper
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
wood glue
acrylic paints
Polyurethane varnish
Sharp craft knife
drill bits to match dowels and bolts
needle nosed plyers
small saw
carving knife

( I included an image of the template I used)
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Step 1: Cutting Out the Parts

Picture of Cutting Out the Parts
The first step is very simple, cut the parts out with the template provided with the fretsaw.
Selling for 300 pound
chandshar1 year ago
I would use a drop of nail varnish on the nut to hold it in place as it is waterproof
Animate a bit of the back yard!!! fun
steveo1357 (author) 2 years ago
I definitely do not mind! That's pretty cool :)
robertl012 years ago
Hya Steveo1357, hope you do not mind but i used you instructable and modelled it for 3D printing!
How did I miss this one? This is totally awesome, thank you for sharing your awesomeness :[).
fantasticx22 years ago
Very Nice, Impressed! Wish I knew someone could make me one
steveo1357 (author) 2 years ago
Yea, it was an adaptation from something I found in an old book
cutshopguy2 years ago
Great project. Well done - looks really cool. I think I might try to adapt this for a kinetic metal sculpture.
WVSundown2 years ago
Thanks for this post! My great-grandfather made things like this for the grandkids . . . brought back many sweet memories for me. Maybe I can try to make some of my own, too!
jgeepers2 years ago
Hi, nice work. Just curious, the template says, "Woodcutter page 82 to 87". Is that a magazine or book you got the template from?
steveo1357 (author) 2 years ago
oh and quiltslongarm, the figure should be about 10 in. tall
steveo1357 (author) 2 years ago
There, the video should be up now :) sorry for the wait. Bodmer, that's definitely a good point, I've been looking around for some different hardware that I could use for the windmill mechanism but I haven't found anything very suitable. Thanks for all the helpful comments! :)
t8002 years ago
Hey Steve, do you have a short video of it by any chance?..it would be very nice to see it running...errrr, I mean chopping ;-) Very nice project, well done :-)
Bodmer2 years ago
Great. The mechanism side needs some development, it won't last long outside. Add proper bearings and end stops to take the "thrust" from the prop. Constrain the push rod on the crank so it does not drop over the bend.
aekent2 years ago
I really enjoyed seeing this. It makes my mind race at all the things I could make...well, think I could make.
Stefan, the template does not appear to be full scale. What size should the main
body be?
Thank you,
sssaksena2 years ago
Here's an even easy and fun way to make a whirligig

triumphman2 years ago
I am going to make this with plastic and metal parts. It will last much longer outdoors than wood. There is a Fisherman one like this too. Oh, and a Hen & Chicks. They are wind powered (animated) too! If I find the plans I will post them. Thanks, I now have another reason to go down into my cool basement workshop on these hot days!
Shiseiji2 years ago
I love whirly-gigs and automata! Great job!
Wheatridge2 years ago
Nice job Steveo.
NickGriffin2 years ago
You got my vote...I do a little toymaking and have never tried a windmill before...hope to use your plans! Thanks for sharing!
This is wonderfully done! I love these things, but have never seen one made before! Thanks for sharing :)
No_Limits2 years ago
Awesome Job! This would look great with my picnic table!
steveo1357 (author) 2 years ago
Yea you really should, that would be pretty impressive
Hey Jude2 years ago
Really clever.... I feel this should be a standard D&T excercise at schools. I just did this a few weekends ago in Berlin http://youtu.be/-0h5nvo3luE and am wondering if I should do a wind-powered one now: Thanks for the inspiration!!
steveo1357 (author) 2 years ago
Thanks :) yea ill try and get one up soon
ynze2 years ago
Nice project! Do you have a video of the finished wood chopping mill? (with some wind, of course :-))
steveo1357 (author) 2 years ago
But if you can print the image on regular A4 size paper it should end up being the right size.
steveo1357 (author) 2 years ago
I only have it as an image file, i'll try and convert it to a pdf for you.
BrittLiv2 years ago
Awesome, but I don't see the template, can you please try to reattach it?