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    Climbing Lizards

    I finally got around to cutting out some more climbing lizards that I made for the 2011 toy swap.
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    There are some completed pics on this post: http://familywoodworking.org/forums/...047#post295047

    If anyone wants the plans, I got them from one of the magazines on google books here... http://books.google.com/books?id=h_s...epage&q&f=true

    Better yet, here is the scaled version I use to print out on 8 1/2 x 11 paper: http://www.buzzkc.com/docs/lizard.pdf
    Last edited by Darren Wright; 05-02-2012 at 07:03 PM.
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    you still remember those days darren? the toy swaps, box swaps, snow man contests, birdhouse contests,, boy those were the good ole days huh
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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    you still remember those days darren? the toy swaps, box swaps, snow man contests, birdhouse contests,, boy those were the good ole days huh
    Been a while huh?

    I've got an idea for one, will post it up later after I do a little "reconnaissance".
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    The lizard is still the grandkids toy of choice when they come over
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    I'm glad to hear that Bob. I know the bear version at my sister's has gotten years and years of use.
    Darren

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    Finally got back to the lizard project this weekend. First step after cutting each out on the bandsaw was smoothing out the saw marks using the oscillating sander and a rasp. Second was rounding over both sides of the lizard. I just raised a 1/4" round over about half way to just get rid of any tearout on the birch plywood faces.
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    Next I used the rasp to round over the corners where the router bit couldn't reach.
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    Lastly I primed both sides of the lizard to seal the grain. Will sand these down before painting to get rid of any standing grain.
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    Darren

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    What is the thickness of this lizard?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathan Shively View Post
    What is the thickness of this lizard?
    I'm using 3/4" birch plywood.

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    Here's the process I used for doing the final paint on this set.

    Solid color, green of course, but ran out of the JD green I used on Bob's.
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    I took one of the patterns and cut out the stripe out using an exacto knife, then used it as a mask for spraying the stripe on. You may want to wait a bit before spraying the next one, otherwise the paint on the edges may get on the wrong spot, had to do a little clean-up on the next two.
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    Finally I just paint the eyes using a brush or black nail polish. I only do the details on one side, the back is just green.
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    The top bar and ball ends just get a couple coats of lin-speed, which is a linseed oil/shelac mix that I use for gun grips.
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    Tip: I used 1/8" nylon cord. Melt the cut ends of the nylon cord with a lighter/match a bit to keep them from fraying. I need to cut the top knots and redo them. I did the ones on the ball ends, but got in a hurry putting together the top half, they looked fine until I pulled hard on the knots to tighten them.

    Oh, used a 11/64" bit for the holes, but your cord may vary in size.
    Last edited by Darren Wright; 05-22-2012 at 02:50 AM.
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    I'm thinking a video would be in order here.
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