My last post explained the rocking gamecocks. This one deals with other animals.
I decided to work with the idea of making rocking animals, thinking this would be unique and perhaps something that I could do for others if asked. I decided to make an elephant and a giraffe. The problem is that I had nothing to use as a template.
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I purchased the best (inexpensive) wood that I could find with no major holes or knots. Basically, white pine from your favorite big box lumber store. The base was going to be the same as the gamecocks. I made several copies of those. The only difference is that these animals have legs so I didn’t need the base attachment going into the animal.
Making the animals was on the same basis as the gamecocks. Three board body for strength (yes overkill) and appeal. Then come up with the legs and tail. For the elephant, one of the main concerns was attaching the ears. After making the design, it was just a matter of cutting them at 45 degrees to give the angle. Once both animals were complete. I had to position them on the base.
The difference between these animals and the gamecock was there is no counterbalance to the head. With the gamecocks, they had an elongated tail to negate the head that stuck out. The giraffe’s tall head and the elephant’s head and giant ears were going to be the challenge to making a stable platform.
My solution was to position the animal rearward and change the angle of the legs. I am sure the engineers in the crowd could come up with a different solution. Use what works for you. My main goal was for a child to get on this animal and not go tumbling forward.
Each animal was then painted, added attachments for aesthetics, and child tested.
I think this one likes them! You can do this, too!
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