I have seen a few Dinosaur themed wine racks on the interwebs and thought I might have a try.
They seem to retail at about $50-$60 US and I'm far too mean for that so with a little bit of experimentation and some cast off 8mm ply later...................
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Step 1: Template and Tools
Now I thought it would be wise to make a cardboard template first, before I start cutting any wood.
It will be much easier to make adjustments to the cardboard one (location of slots, angles etc)
So for this I needed
1. A picture of a dinosaur - I found this nice friendly Triceratops side view on Google. Blew it up to an appropriate size and made several A3 copies of it
2. Knife, scissors, glue, pen, compass etc
3. Cardboard (in this case the box for the A3 paper)
Step 2: Cut Out the Picture and Glued Onto the Cardboard
I used 3 copies all told, one for the body, one for left legs and one for right legs.
You could get away with one copy if you wanted but I'm using the work copier so .................
Step 3: Cut the Bits Out
The big gap in the body is for the bottle (I drew around a bottle for size)
(there are some more bits to make!)
Step 4: Cross Braces/Leg Holders
2 of these, not yet finished as have to cut tabs and slots to suit
Step 5: First Assembly
I located the 2 cross braces in position to get a rough guide.
I realised that I probably need to relocate the slots to the other side but it will do for now
Step 6: Add the Legs
I cut tabs on the ends of the cross braces and slots in the legs and played around until I got all 4 feet level on the ground and roughly the correct stance.
I had to recut a couple of the braces as I misjudged the angle on the first one - but that's why I'm using cardboard - right!!?
Step 7: Ruff and Horns
Freehand cut these and fitted in slots as required
Obviously this is all a bit flimsy but I seem to have the angles and dimensions about right
OK so now all ready to take apart and use the cardboard pieces as templates for the wood
Step 8: The Plans
The rear legs are not quite right on this, but will post a copy of the actual parts when I get access to a scanner.
EDIT New plans attached with modified legs and strengthened neck
These are printed on A3
Step 9: Prototype No 1
I marked out all the pieces on a piece of 8mm ply and cut them out using a bandsaw and jigsaw.
EDIT I had to reshape the legs later to make everything level, guess that is why you make prototypes!
Once cut out they were all sanded
Step 10: Initial Assembly
Once cut out I offered up the leg frames to the body and marked the positions of locating slots. Slot width will obviously depend on the thickness of timber you are using.
I then assembled the body, at this point I found that the leg frames were a little fragile in a couple of areas so I intend to recut them a little bulkier.
The Body seems about right
Step 11: Cut All the Location Slots and Assemble, Trim Tabs
All the location slots were cut out either on the bandsaw or by drilling and filing (the ones on the legs)
On first assembly the Dino was very "nose down" so I reshaped the rear legs to give a better stance
Step 12: Add Wine!
Put in the bottle and it is ready to go on the table.
Now this one is just a prototype to see how everything fits and how it looks,it will be used as a template for the next one(s) I build.
I possibly need a bit more "meat" at the neck for strength, but it works, however there may be a few adjustments on the next one
Obviously they will be finished with varnish and stain as applicable
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