Three Gift Projects

Kangaroo Puzzle

This is a jigsaw puzzle that young children are certainly going to enjoy taking apart and putting together.

Trace the pattern on a 7"-wide x 11 "-long block of "-thick pine (actual). Using a jigsaw, carefully cut along all lines as shown.

Build the cage from Vt" stock according to the dimensions shown. Use glue to fasten all joints, A narrow strip of leather tacked in place serves as the bottom hinge. Another narrow strip of leather fastened to a peg is used to "latch" the cage shut.

Reassemble the kangaroo in order to give the outside flat surfaces a good sanding. Use paint or a felt-tip pen to create the eyes.

We didn't apply any finish to our happy marsupials, choosing to leave them in their natural state.

Leather Joint Glue

Turtle Pull Toy

Start making the shell by gluing and clamping a piece of 1 x 6 x 10" pine to the top of a piece % x 6 x 10". Set aside and allow to dry.

Referring to the pattern provided, cut out the front feet and head, and the back feet and tail from 1" stock. Cut out and glue a 1 x 2% x 3" piece to the top of the head. Allow to dry and then cut to the same shape as the lower half of the head. Use a rasp, file, and sandpaper to shape the head and shell. Drill the head and insert %" rounded dowel "eyes."

Use a 1 %" hole cutter to cut out two wheels from 1" stock. Cut the axle block from % x 1% x 2Yi" material. Drill a axle hole and glue the block to the shell underside. Assemble and glue the JC-diameter axle to the wheels. Attach the front and back feet to the shell with pivot screws as shown. Use a piece of heavy wire to link the wheels to the front and back feet. Add a wide smile and bright pair of eyes with some paint or a felt-tip pen.

Pen Shell Dresser

Here's a delightful pull toy that's guaranteed to light up the face of any preschooler. Even Mom and Dad feel compelled to "show Junior how to use it."

Pulley Planter

This plant bracket can be used to display almost any small potted houseplant. It's made entirely of pine and can be built in just a few hours' time.

Refer to the drawing and cut both bracket parts from W stock. If 14" pine is difficult to purchase in your area, you'll have to plane down a board. Smooth all rough edges with a file and sandpaper. Now attach the arm to the bracket back with two #5 fiat-headed wood screws. The dotted line on the back shows the location of the arm.

Cut the pulley to a diameter of 5", mount the disc in a lathe and cut a %" groove (as shown) with a parting chisel. Lay out and cut all four spokes, then sand all surfaces thoroughly.

From stock cut the l"-wide x 4"-Iong yoke strips. Now cut the % x V support block. Glue and clamp the yoke strips to the pulley wheel and support block and allow to dry overnight. Attach a screw eye to the support-block top and a hook to the end of the bracket arm. Sand all surfaces and finish to suit.

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