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    Betty sent me a Question regarding the Ramp walkers in the last issue of SSWWC (Spring) . She asked me about a small tweak I had mentioned in a post.
    Betty I have no idea where I posted it.

    For the ramp walkers to walk properly and walk in a reasonably straight line, the bottom of the feet need to have a continuous smooth arc and be square to the sides of the body.

    After I assembled mine and before applying the finish. I put them on my disk sander. Holding the feet together. I lightly sanded the arc so that there is a smooth transition from foot to foot.
    Even if you cut the parts perfectly you may get a bit of misalignment after assembly.
    I hope this picture helps. I will also post this on the facebook page.


    Sanding the feet.jpg
    Rolf
    RBI G4 26 Hawk, EX 16 with Pegas clamps, Nova 1624 DVR XP
    Philosophy "I don't know that I can't, therefore I can"
    Proud Member of the Long Island Woodworkers Club
    And the Long Island Scrollsaw Association

  • #2
    I may make those, Rolf.
    Denny
    ArtCrafters in Dayton, TN

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    • #3
      Thanks Rolf. I made one yesterday and dry assembly it works great. Just need to put dowel in permanently today. I would of never thought to do a gentle sanding on the feet. I checked out his site and will be ordering some patterns. This was a fun project and rather quick and easy. Longest part was sanding wood and glue up.
      Betty

      "Congress needs to realize it is a government of the people, by the people and for the people. Not of the people, by the people and for Congress." - Dr. Benjamin Carson, Pediatric Neurosurgeon, Johns Hopkins Hospital

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      • #4
        This toy is so cool. I did a little hand sanding on the legs and he just walked down a 3’ board without nosediving! I will be making lots more to sell at my shows. I would have never made us had a customer message
        Betty

        "Congress needs to realize it is a government of the people, by the people and for the people. Not of the people, by the people and for Congress." - Dr. Benjamin Carson, Pediatric Neurosurgeon, Johns Hopkins Hospital

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        • #5
          This is so cool. I got him to walk down a 3 foot board without doing a nose dive. I just had to do a little hand sanding on the feet and that was all. I would have never made this had a customer not ask for something different for her grandson for Easter. I had the magazine there and she saw it on the cover and said I want that. Not being one to say no to a customer I said sure no problem. I will be ordering more from his site and these will be a staple in my shows. Your tip was very valuable Rolf. Thanks again. I’ll post a picture after I do the finish.
          Betty

          "Congress needs to realize it is a government of the people, by the people and for the people. Not of the people, by the people and for Congress." - Dr. Benjamin Carson, Pediatric Neurosurgeon, Johns Hopkins Hospital

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          • #6
            Betty please post pictures of what you come up with. I really like the one pictured on page 28 0f the magazine that Hannah painted.

            I am amazed by the popularity of this project.
            Last edited by Rolf; 03-25-2021, 07:57 AM.
            Rolf
            RBI G4 26 Hawk, EX 16 with Pegas clamps, Nova 1624 DVR XP
            Philosophy "I don't know that I can't, therefore I can"
            Proud Member of the Long Island Woodworkers Club
            And the Long Island Scrollsaw Association

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            • #7
              I would have never tried this had my customer not asked for it. My grandson came over yesterday and he thought it was cool and I was a genius I got it to walk! That and a kiss and I was set for the night. They are so easy to make.
              Betty

              "Congress needs to realize it is a government of the people, by the people and for the people. Not of the people, by the people and for Congress." - Dr. Benjamin Carson, Pediatric Neurosurgeon, Johns Hopkins Hospital

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              • #8
                I sent a video to my customer and she loved it! I got the elephant and woodpecker. As much as I don’t like to paint, the elephant needs to be pink! After all, we’ve all seen a pink elephant once or twice, right? 🥃🍹🍷
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                Betty

                "Congress needs to realize it is a government of the people, by the people and for the people. Not of the people, by the people and for Congress." - Dr. Benjamin Carson, Pediatric Neurosurgeon, Johns Hopkins Hospital

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                • #9
                  It looks great.!
                  Rolf
                  RBI G4 26 Hawk, EX 16 with Pegas clamps, Nova 1624 DVR XP
                  Philosophy "I don't know that I can't, therefore I can"
                  Proud Member of the Long Island Woodworkers Club
                  And the Long Island Scrollsaw Association

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                  • #10
                    Customer really liked the hedgehog. I made the armadillo out of green poplar. No painting necessary. I raced these last night and the armadillo won every time.! I have the woodpecker and elephant ready to put together. Fun to do and different!
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                    Betty

                    "Congress needs to realize it is a government of the people, by the people and for the people. Not of the people, by the people and for Congress." - Dr. Benjamin Carson, Pediatric Neurosurgeon, Johns Hopkins Hospital

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                    • #11
                      I look forward to seeing the other two.
                      Rolf
                      RBI G4 26 Hawk, EX 16 with Pegas clamps, Nova 1624 DVR XP
                      Philosophy "I don't know that I can't, therefore I can"
                      Proud Member of the Long Island Woodworkers Club
                      And the Long Island Scrollsaw Association

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                      • #12
                        Check out this ramp walker Is is a star wars ATAT. The magazine couldn't publish it for copyright reasons
                        https://www.etsy.com/listing/7979801...search_click=1

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                        • #13
                          Still working on them Rolf. Getting things ready for the holidays so I’m doing things in steps.
                          Betty

                          "Congress needs to realize it is a government of the people, by the people and for the people. Not of the people, by the people and for Congress." - Dr. Benjamin Carson, Pediatric Neurosurgeon, Johns Hopkins Hospital

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                          • #14
                            Funny, the Summer 2021 issue of Feinschnitt Kreativ has ramp and animals as well! They have a sheep, a porcupine, and a bird. Their ramp has blades of grass and the animals use a hinge between the two movable feet.

                            It's interesting to see such an old handmade toy make a resurgence!

                            Karl
                            Karl in Sunny Southwest Florida

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